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.