Matt Garza’s return could be announced Saturday
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com May 17, 2013 8:04PM
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Matt Garza is ready to return to the rotation, and a decision regarding when could come Saturday.
After another quality outing Thursday with Class AAA Iowa, Garza wants to return to the Cubs, and manager Dale Sveum said Friday the right-hander has done everything the team has asked in his rehab.
‘‘He was really good [Thursday night], very efficient with 75 pitches in six innings, six strikeouts, his slider was better,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘Everything went according to plan, and he stepped up. I like that.
‘‘We could send him out again [on rehab], but he did what he was supposed to do.’’
Sveum said Garza’s durability isn’t a question now.
‘‘We’ve taken this slow,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘His durability is fine. He worked so hard, so that’s probably the last thing we have to worry about with him.’’
Garza’s return will affect the bullpen, though the relief corps has been effective of late.
The only one who continues to struggle is Shawn Camp (7.31 ERA).
Last season, the veteran right-hander was so effective Sveum lauded him as the team’s most valuable player in the first half.
‘‘He just has to get out there and get some confidence back as much as anything,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘You keep sending him out there and see if his command comes back and his slider comes back.’’
Camp hasn’t allowed a run on the road (nine innings in 10 games), but he has given up 13 earned runs in seven innings at Wrigley Field.
Among the other six relievers, Kevin Gregg has earned six saves without allowing an earned run in 10 innings. Kyuji Fujikawa hasn’t allowed a run since returning from the disabled list May 10. Hector Rondon hasn’t allowed a run in his last three appearances. James Russell, Carlos Marmol and Michael Bowden have allowed one run each in their last three outings.
‘‘Fujikawa has shown life on his fastball, and that’s good,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘Marmol has done well in his role, and Bowden, and Gregg has been perfect in saves. Russell’s been really good. We just have to get Camp going.’’
Marmol confirmed he won’t leave for the Dominican Republic on Monday, a day off for the team, for a hearing on a civil suit by a woman who accused him of assault in January. Marmol’s agents said it is unlikely he will have to go home at all in connection with the case.
Marmol has denied the allegations and hasn’t been charged. He has filed a countersuit against his accuser.
Pitcher Carlos Villanueva returned from the day off Thursday with a trimmed, short beard, replacing his handlebar mustache.