4/23 Garza shut down

Cubs pitcher Matt Garza was scratched from his Minor League rehab start, scheduled for Wednesday, because of some soreness in his right arm, which general manager Jed Hoyer said was similar to the “dead arm phase” many pitchers go through in Spring Training. Garza has been trying to come back from a strained left lat suffered Feb. 17 during a live batting practice session in Spring Training. He did not pitch in any spring games, and threw two innings in a simulated game on Friday at Miller Park. The right-hander was scheduled to pitch Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee, but now will be shut down, and then throw a bullpen.

“It’s all muscular, nothing structural,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “We’ll give him a couple days, throw a bullpen and get him right back on schedule.”

Hoyer said Garza did not bounce back quickly after his last bullpen, which was Sunday in Milwaukee with the Cubs.

“We’re certainly hopeful it’s a dead arm [thing],” Hoyer said. “It’s a muscle and forearm and biceps, kind of a dead arm period thing. We’re hopeful he takes a couple days, throws a bullpen and gets back out there.”

The good news, as far as the Cubs are concerned, is that Garza’s problems have nothing to do with his right elbow, which shut him down last July.

– Carrie Muskat

5 Comments

Garza is afraid. If he comes back and doesnt do well, its his FA year. He knows he will be pitching for a bad team, so the pressure is there.
The question is, will he get a bigger contract throwing a few innings in SEP or will he get a bigger contract, coming back from an injury, pitching for a bad team with no confidence?
Hes done!! I was through with him the 1st day of ST. 10 million a year and he was not prepared for the 1st day of ST. There my fellow Cubs fans is a true professional.

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This Garza guy is unbelievable. Is always something with him. What a soap opera with this guy. Am fed up. The Cubs management response is to coddle him, and excuse his non-readiness to contribute.

This Garza guy is unbelievable. Is always something, just as that deceased former cast member of Saturday Night Live, used to say, The wonderful Gilda Radner. Am fed up with Garza and the Cubs coddling him and excusing him.

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