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MLB Injury News:
the questions about Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher Matt Garza’s health have
been answered. The Cubs have decided to shut Garza down until possibly the
beginning of May. This would mean that Garza will miss the rest of Spring
Training and the first month of the regular season.
strained the lat on his left side on February 17 while throwing batting
practice. It was initially diagnosed as mild and Garza was supposed to miss
only a short time. Now, manager Dale Sveum has announced that Garza will miss all of
March and April.
stated that Garza’s delay is not a setback, which indicates that the strain is
more serious than first realized, but it is not as bad as it could have been. Said
Sveum, "It's not torn or real bad. It's
just not quite ready to throw. It's not a setback, it didn't get worse, it's
just not ready."
MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat tweeted the news to her followers
that the Garza shutdown opens the door for fellow starter Jeff Samardzija to
earn the Opening Day start.
#Cubs Matt Garza shut down; Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter wp.me/p1rXwp-8WAJ
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 3, 2013
With both Garza and Scott Baker now out until late April or
early May, Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, and Carlos Villanueva will
most likely have the first four spots in the rotation with competition still
alive for spot #5.
Carrie Muskat, Cubs
Shut Down Garza; Righty Could Miss a Month, cubs.mlb.com, March 3, 2013. Follow @mlbinjurynews
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