Cubs starter Matt Garza recently received clearance from his doctors to begin throwing as he continues his rehabilitation from a right elbow stress reaction that sidelined him for the last 11 weeks of the 2012 season.
Garza called the injury the toughest thing he has had to deal with in his career but told me Friday that he feels great and he plans to be ready for Opening Day.
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"If spring training started tomorrow, I would be ready to go," he said. "I'm not ready to pitch six innings today, but I will be ready to go when the season starts. I will be ready to go Opening Day, that's guaranteed."
Garza has resumed throwing and he reported no issues with his elbow and he appears to be back on track to compete for the top spot in Dale Sveum's starting rotation when the Cubs break camp in April.
Now the question is -- will he still be there when the trading deadline comes and goes at the end of July?