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Updated: August 29, 2012 12:27PM



Right-hander Matt Garza underwent an MRI exam this week after complaining of cramping in his right triceps. The results came back clean and ‘‘real positive,’’ manager Dale Sveum said Friday.

‘‘There was a trace of fluid where the cramping was in the triceps,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘He’s doing better, but we’ll wait to see what his throwing program will be.’’

With Garza not expected to throw until later next week, the Cubs are left without a scheduled starter for Monday, and the trade possibilities surrounding Garza are in limbo as well.

Garza and rotation mate Ryan Dempster continue to draw the most rumors, though Cubs officials had nothing new to report Friday.

Dempster, who took part in his normal off-day routines, is scheduled to start Tuesday. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. that day.

‘‘I don’t care who you are, it’s distracting,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘It’s here, and you know it’s part of the game, but you want to move on.’’

Sveum said he and Dempster had ‘‘a real good talk’’ after Dempster’s dugout tantrum in Pittsburgh after being taken out of a game Wednesday.

‘‘Players have a right to snap,’’ Sveum said, downplaying the incident. ‘‘It’s not because of one thing or being taken out. It’s a competitive sport. There are a lot of reasons why you might not have a good day.

‘‘We had a good talk and everything is good.’’

While the trade talk swirls, Garza has at least one other matter preoccupying him: the impending birth of his fourth child. He came home early from Pittsburgh to be with his wife and have the MRI performed. Plans are for Serina Garza to be induced early next week.

NOTES: Class AA outfielder Jae Hoon-Ja, who played in the All-Star Futures game, was being treated for a concussion after crashing into an outfield wall during a game Thursday, requiring him to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He is expected to miss one to two weeks.

Alfonso Soriano needs one more home run to become only the second current player to record 11 consecutive seasons of at least 20 homers, joining the Boston Red Sox’ David Ortiz. The Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols needs two homers to reach the mark.

Travis Wood tied a Cubs record by allowing five homers in a game Friday. The others who did it were Warren Hacker, Ismael Valdez, Steve Stone and Carlos Zambrano.



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