4/24 Matt Garza update

The Cubs will re-examine pitcher Matt Garza on Wednesday to determine the next step for the right-hander who was scratched from his scheduled rehab outing because of soreness in his right arm. Garza had been scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches on Wednesday at Double-A Tennessee. He is coming back from a strained left lat suffered Feb. 17 during a live batting practice session in Mesa, Ariz., which kept him from pitching in Spring Training. Last Friday, he threw a two inning simulated game at Miller Park, and followed that with a bullpen session Sunday.

“There was nothing going on after that bullpen that day,” Dale Sveum said Wednesday. “Hopefully, it’s just routine normal soreness, dead arm, whatever you want to call it.”

GM Jed Hoyer said Garza’s problems have nothing to do with his right elbow, which limited him to 18 games last season, and said the current problem is strictly muscular, nothing structural.

– Carrie Muskat

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