The Chicago Cubs will be without their projected opening day starter for the first month of the season, according to multiple reports.
Matt Garza, who missed most of the second half of last season with a stress reaction in his right elbow, experienced a setback from his rehab early this spring, failing to make it through live batting practice. An MRI in mid-February revealed a mild lat strain, but apparently more rest will be needed. With news that Garza will be out for some time, the Cubs wasted little time in naming their opening day starter for 2013. Jeff Samardzija will take the hill April 1st against A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Chicago Cubs fans can rest easy (for now), as injury concerns over Matt Garza’s side have been minimized following the results of an MRI. Garza will rest for a week with a mild left lat strain, Paul Sullivan reports.
Cubs GM, Jed Hoyer, on Garza’s status:
“We’re probably going to let him rest for about a week, make sure he’s pain-free, at which point he can ramp back up his throwing,” Hoyer said.”I think it’s safe to say it pushes back his first Cactus League start. But what it means for the regular season, it’s clearly much too early to say. But we felt like it was really good news it’s just a mild strain…. Matt is in good spirits. He felt much better (Monday).”
Via Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Cubs started spring training full of promise after a posting a 61-101 record in 2012, their worst record for the franchise in nearly 50 years. After only two days of practice, news that Matt Garza couldn’t make it through live batting practice is the last thing the Cubs fans wanted to hear.
Garza missed most of the second half of last season due to a stress reaction in his right elbow after posting a 5-7 record with a 3.91 ERA, 4.17 FIP and 3.59 xFIP.
The 29-year-old right-hander was subject to trade rumors around the July 31st deadline last year, with the Dodgers and Blue Jays showing interest. The Cubs eventually were forced to hold on to him after X-rays revealed the stress reaction.
The Cubs projected rotation for 2013 consists of Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva. Scott Baker is expected to be ready for mid-May while Travis Wood would move into the rotation if Garza is forced to miss any time.