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Updated: September 23, 2012 6:23AM

MILWAUKEE — Matt Garza isn’t happy about it, and he says he’s still holding out slim hope that he might be able to pitch in a game the last week of the season.

But he knows what Tuesday’s move to the 60-day disabled list signifies in a rough season that already seemed cooked with the diagnosis of a ‘‘stress reaction’’ in his pitching elbow early this month.

‘‘He’s shut down for the rest of the season,’’ Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, making official what already looked inevitable.

Garza was moved from the 15-day DL to create a 40-man roster spot for left-hander Chris Rusin, who was recalled from Class AAA Iowa to start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.

‘‘If this is it, then I’m disappointed,’’ said Garza, who’s eligible to return with eight games left in the season, ‘‘because I want to finish it off. I like to be the guy to step out there every five days and be known for that. It’s a little hiccup, but I’ll come back even stronger and get better and learn a lot from what I have to deal with right now.’’

The right-hander is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts.

It’s the first season since he was drafted in 2005 that he hasn’t made at least 30 starts between the minors and big leagues.

Assuming he doesn’t make a start that final week, he said he has no plans to try to pitch before spring training.

‘‘Maybe it’s just the Lord’s way of telling me I need a break,’’ said Garza, who hasn’t pitched since July 21, when the elbow forced him from a game after three innings. ‘‘Maybe it’s a good thing. So I’ll use it as a blessing and get my body in tip-top shape for next season.’’

Garza, who’s 15-17 with a 3.52 ERA in 49 starts since being acquired from Tampa Bay, likely is still a Cub only because of the injury. The Cubs expected to trade him before the July 31 non-waiver deadline until he got hurt.

He has one more year of club control as a fourth-year arbitration eligible player.

NOTES: Reliever Jeff Beliveau and infielder Adrian Cardenas were optioned to Class AAA Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for Rusin and reliever Alex Hinshaw (claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Sunday). Both will be back when rosters expand next month.

Chris Volstad , whose 24-start winless streak is four short of the major league record, remains in the rotation to face the Colorado Rockies at home on Sunday, Sveum said.

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