Cubs say Matt Garza’s problem is typical, not serious
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org April 24, 2013 10:50PM
Chicago Cubs' Matt Garza during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Updated: April 24, 2013 11:38PM
CINCINNATI — The Cubs say they’re not worried that pitcher Matt Garza’s latest injury setback is anything more than typical “dead-arm” fatigue and soreness.
At least not yet.
Garza, who missed the final seven weeks of last season with an elbow injury and all of spring training with a lat strain, was scratched from his minor-league rehab start Wednesday after arriving at Class AA Tennessee sore Tuesday.
Garza recently has had bone-related issues with a pitching elbow that still has a screw in it from a non-baseball injury when he was a kid. But the Cubs say they’re confident his latest setback is unrelated muscular soreness.
“I’m not really concerned right now,” manager Dale Sveum said. “This has got nothing to do with his elbow. This is just normal muscle soreness that he seems to be going through.”
Team officials say Garza reported feeling better Wednesday, and he could be on track to play catch by the end of the week. That could get him back on the mound for his first rehab start sometime next week. Then he might be able to come off the disabled list by the end of May, at the earliest.
The starting staff has pitched surprisingly well in his absence, producing a 2.97 ERA and 12 quality starts.
“We need to battle as a staff while he’s out and keep this thing where we need it to be, and then we get him back,” starter Jeff Samardzija said. “You add a big arm like Garza, it’s only a good thing.”
Sveum said Garza threw a simulated game Friday and side session Sunday without issue.
“Everything’s too early to know now,” Sveum said.
NOTE: The Cubs-Rangers game postponed by bad weather last week was rescheduled for 7:05 p.m. May 6 at Wrigley Field.