Matt Garza is no longer a Cub, and while that's the biggest baseball news in Chicago, there's still a game to play tonight.
The Cubs start their series with the Diamondbacks on Monday night in Phoenix, and they'll be doing it without Garza, who was scheduled to start the series-opener until he was shipped to the Texas Rangers on Monday afternoon. Chris Rusin will be starting in his place, with all the action airing on CSN tonight starting at 8 p.m.
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Manager Dale Sveum made a "100 percent" guarantee Sunday that it'd be Garza taking the hill for the Cubs on Monday, but it quickly became clear that wouldn't be the case when Garza was reported as scratched and then traded shortly thereafter during the day.
Rusin has been called up to make the start in Garza's place, and the lefty will make his second start of the season. He didn't get a decision in his one start prior, made July 2 at Oakland, an 8-7 Cubs loss. He allowed three runs on six hits — two were home runs — in just 3 1/3 innings, walking away with a 8.10 ERA.
Arizona sends Tyler Skaggs up against Rusin and the Cubs on Monday at Chase Field. Skaggs is 2-1 on the season with a 4.03 ERA in five starts. The 22-year-old left-hander is coming off his shortest outing of the season, as he lasted just 4 1/3 innings July 10 against the Dodgers.
The Cubs dropped two games of a three-game set earlier in the season when the D-backs visited Wrigley Field and were outscored 22-15 in those contests.