2/17 Garza exits session – UPDATED
Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has a mild lat strain on his left side. It was not believed to be serious, and he was in good spirits after being examined by the team doctors. He ended his throwing session early on Sunday, and left the field with athletic trainer PJ Mainville. During the first day of live BP, Garza faced three batters, and then Jorge Soler stepped into the cage. Garza stopped his session, stepped off the mound, and appeared to be trying to get loose. Manager Dale Sveum and pitching coach Chris Bosio went to the mound, as did Mainville. Garza then exited. This was the first time he’s faced batters since his last start July 21, missing time last year because of a right elbow injury. He was scheduled to throw 40 pitches, and threw 20.
“I threw the first fastball from the stretch, and it was like a water cramp,” Garza said. “I didn’t drink that much water today. Naturally, I’m not going to push it. My arm felt fine, so I was pretty pumped about that. The ball felt good coming out of my hand. I think that’s what I’m most upset about — I was like, ‘Yeah.’ It shouldn’t be a big thing and we’ll see [Monday].”
– Carrie Muskat