St. Louis, MO. USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney (15) receives a throw on a bunt by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker (55) as starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) attempts to get out of the way in the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
2 Total Updates since August 6, 2012
9 months ago Update 0 comments
Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza was supposed to be a hot commodity at the trade deadline, but he left his July 21 start against the Cardinals with a sore arm. The initial diagnosis was a triceps injury, and that was later amended to a stress reaction in his right elbow. Garza was hopeful he'd be back, but the team shut him down for the season.
Sveum confirms Matt Garza done for the season.— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 21, 2012
If the Cubs were 18 games back from a playoff spot, maybe they'd consider rushing Garza back, but at 19 games, forget it. Garza was having something of an up-and-down season, posting another sterling strikeout-to-walk ratio, but allowing more home runs in 103 innings than he did in 198 innings last season.
Garza finishes the 2012 season with a 3.91 ERA. He'll likely still be the subject of all sorts of trade rumors this off-season.
10 months ago Update 0 comments
The Chicago Cubs were hoping to extract a bounty of prospects from a contending team in exchange for Matt Garza, their young ace. Before the deadline, however, Garza had a buildup of fluid in his right triceps muscle. The initial prescription was rest. The current prescription is more rest, and Garza is going on the disabled list.
From ESPN Chicago:
"Nothing major, but he's not going to be able to go Tuesday," Sveum said. "He threw two sides, and he was just kind of stiff (Sunday) so we're just going to back him off and send him home to see the doctor and just be a little more precautionary."
In Garza's place, the Cubs will recall Brooks Raley, the team's sixth-round pick in 2009. Raley will make his first major-league start on Tuesday after the 24-year-old left-hander threw 82 innings in Triple-A, with a 3.62 ERA, 69 strikeouts, and 28 walks.