2/18 Garza to have MRI
Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of a strained lat suffered Sunday during his first session of live batting practice. Garza, who was facing batters for the first time since July 21, ended what was supposed to be a 40-pitch session after 20 because of discomfort in his left side. He missed the latter part of the season with a right elbow injury.
“The good news is his arm felt really strong and he was throwing really well,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday. “It’s unfortunate for sure and it’s going to set him back a little bit but we’re still really confident.”
There is no time table for when Garza can resume throwing.
“At this point, it’s a little bit of a wait and see,” Hoyer said.
Garza was expected to have the MRI within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Hoyer was behind the batting cage when Garza was pitching. The right-hander stepped off the mound and started stretching.
“It wasn’t the most fun live BP session to watch,” Hoyer said. “He looked great and free and easy where you feel really good about what you’re watching and the next thing you know, you see a guy stretching his side.
“Right away, when you see a guy like that stretching, you think the worst,” Hoyer said. “It was a bummer but I’m glad his arm feels good and Matt’s in real good spirits because of that. It’s the kind of injury that you’re thankful happened in the first live BP. When these injuries happen in the last start of Spring Training it really hurts you in the season.”
— Carrie Muskat