Bad luck just keeps getting worse for Chicago Cubs’ starter Matt Garza. After
spending the second half of 2012 on the disabled list and the offseason rehabbing
his right elbow, Garza finally returned to throwing live batting
practice as the Cubs began full-squad Spring Training workouts. Now, Garza
will miss at least a week after Tuesday's MRI revealed a mild lat strain in his left side. Garza and the Cubs feared a more serious problem but found relief in discovering that the strain is mild.
left his batting practice session on Sunday after throwing to three hitters. He
threw 20 of his scheduled 40 pitches before stepping off the mound and
stretching, indicated the discomfort. MLB.com’s Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat
reports on Cubs' general manager Jed Hoyer discussing Garza’s reaction to Tuesday’s
MRI results. Said Hoyer, "Matt's in
good spirits, and he felt much better yesterday…. We're optimistic, and it was
certainly a positive read from our standpoint."
good news is that the injury is not serious. The MRI revealed only a mild
strain and should become pain-free within a week. In addition, Garza reported Sunday that he felt no discomfort in his
right elbow. Hoyer stated that Garza will miss approximately one week of
action while the pain subsides. This problem will also mean that Garza will most likely miss his first Spring
Garza is a candidate to start the Cubs’ season opener, but the
strain could delay his first regular-season game. The Cubs and their fans
just want Garza healthy.
To Be Temporarily Shut Down with Lat Strain, cubs.mlb.com, February 19,
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