Cubs get good news with Garza cleared for takeoff

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Cubs get good news with Garza cleared for takeoff

The Cubs received the good news they were hoping for with Matt Garza.

This weeks scan on Garzas right elbow showed that his stress reaction is healing as expected. Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, the teams orthopaedist, has cleared Garza to resume his normal offseason routine in preparation for spring training.

The Cubs have been in wait-and-see mode with their most marketable pitcher since he walked off the mound during the middle of a start against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 21 at Busch Stadium. He didnt throw a baseball the rest of the season.

In late September, Garza promised to be ready for spring training. He said then that he expected to start throwing again by the middle of December if all goes well. He had decided to move out of Chicago and back to California this winter, because he felt he needed warmer weather and more outdoor workouts this offseason.

Garza is an intense competitor who hates being on the disabled list. If you were wondering about his state of mind, just check out the message he posted to his personal Twitter account on Thursday: I'm cleared for takeoff!! Strap it on tight cause we are going on one helluva ride... getitdonefreedom2013.

This is a pivotal point for Garza, who remains under club control for one more season. Hes a big personality on a team filled with quiet young players still finding their way in the big leagues. Extension talks didnt gain much traction last season, and if this season goes south, he will again be subjected to the trade rumors that have become a default setting throughout his career.

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

The Cubs continue their series with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in the nation's capital, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app.

Coverage from the District of Columbia with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (5-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA)

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#Back2BackOneDay: What is Bryce Harper trying to say about his future, Kris Bryant and the Cubs?

#Back2BackOneDay: What is Bryce Harper trying to say about his future, Kris Bryant and the Cubs?

Bryce Harper someday joining the Cubs has been prime speculation fodder this summer.

But does Harper know something we don't?

The Washington Nationals superstar — who's slated to become a surely record-breaking free agent after the 2018 season — posted a picture of him and fellow Las Vegas native Kris Bryant on Instagram after Tuesday night's game between the Cubs and Nationals in the nation's capital.

A nice picture, sure. But the important part is the hashtags, one of which is #Back2BackOneDay.

Oh really, Bryce?

Is baseball's biggest star hinting at a potential future in a Cubs uniform, batting right behind Bryant, the Cubs' current All-Star third baseman and reigning National League MVP?

Let the speculation train continue to roll down the tracks. Harper's certainly providing enough energy.