Found January 09, 2013 on
MLB Injury News:
Despite the trade rumors already swirling around Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza, the 29-year old righty says he will be ready for spring training. Garza missed most of the second half of the 2012 season with an elbow injury. The injury kept Garza off the trading block this winter and obviously killed any possible deals leading up to the July 31st deadline last year. Now, he is improving and feels he will be ready.
Garza said via interview with CSN Chicago that he was throwing from 90 feet and feeling good. He also said that he fully expects to be ready for spring training.
Garza has been an impressive pitcher for his entire career. He spent time with Tampa Bay and Minnesota before coming to the Cubs, and he performed well at both stops. However, Chicago feels Garza's price is getting too high for their blood. They will look to move him this season.
It's unknown at this point how much Garza's elbow injury will affect his trade value. However, once teams get a look at him in spring, they will have a pretty good idea of what they can expect for 2013. A stress reaction injury, as Garza suffered, is especially concerning because it can lead to a fracture, but Garza is inching closer to being back to 100%.
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Matt Garza was a prime candidate to be traded this summer, but the Cubs starter suffered an elbow injury that landed him on the disabled list. The injury all but killed any chance of Garza being traded before teams could seem him pitch again on a regular basis. But a trade during the Spring is still possible.
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