3/18 Matt Garza update
Cubs pitcher Matt Garza is slowly making progress after being sidelined with a strained left lat but still has yet to throw off a mound. Garza threw from 75 feet on Sunday for the second time, making about 20 throws. There’s been no pain, which is encouraging. The last time the right-hander was on a mound was Feb. 17 when he ended a live batting practice session after 20 pitches because of discomfort.
“I’m pushing to try to speed it up but they have me on a real set pace right now and it’s going real good,” Garza said Monday.
He won’t attempt to throw off a mound until he’s able to play catch from 120-150 feet for a couple days.
“I want to get comfortable throwing and I want to build up arm strength once again,” he said. “I was 24 days off and that’s just under a month and that’s too much time for me to just jump on a mound.”
The plan has Garza playing catch every other day. On the days he doesn’t throw, he takes part in pitchers’ drills. He’s not expected to be ready until May and it’s been tough to be sidelined.
“It’s tough, but like I’ve said, patience,” Garza said. “Being patient is a big thing. I think this is my test — hopefully, this is my test. I’m excited where I’m at.”
The good news is Garza’s elbow continues to pass all tests.
– Carrie Muskat