Cubs downplay concerns about Garza

Cubs downplay concerns about Garza

April 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
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CINCINNATI – Matt Garza did not want to entertain questions about his future, knowing that he simply had to pitch and prove he’s healthy before the Cubs could really weigh their options.

Garza implicitly understood that none of it mattered--a trade deadline deal, the qualifying offer that could keep him on the North Side for another season, his next contract--until he got back on the mound every five days. Another setback will keep the Cubs in a holding pattern.

After the Cubs scratched Garza from Wednesday’s rehab start at Double-A Tennessee, manager Dale Sveum said the “dead arm” symptoms are not connected to the right elbow injuries that have sidelined him for parts of the past two seasons.

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“I’m not really concerned right now,” Sveum said before a 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. “It’s got nothing to do with his elbow. This is just normal muscle soreness.”

Garza hasn’t pitched in a game in nine months after experiencing a stress reaction in his right elbow last season and straining a lat muscle on his left side during the team’s first full-squad workout in spring training.

Garza threw a simulated game and a bullpen session over the weekend in Milwaukee. He then hoped to make three rehab starts in the minors and rejoin the rotation by the middle of May. He’s now pushed back at least five more days–-if there are no more complications.

“Everything’s too early to know now,” Sveum said. “We got to find out what happens in these next three days, how he feels. This might be just what guys go through in spring training.”