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Despite all the talks and all the plans, Matt Garza still probably won't be ready for Opening Day. The suddenly injury-prone starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs is nursing a lat strain that will likely keep him from being ready when the season starts.
Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago says Garza may start the season on the disabled list. He was able to play catch yesterday, but he wasn't able to do much more than that. Garza and the Cubs do not want to rush. They plan to take baby steps with his recovery.
Garza suffered the injury on February 17th. He has been working on getting back on the mound ever since. Now, it seems that work will take longer than expected. Last season, Garza was shut down with elbow problems, and the Cubs were hopeful he would start this season healthy. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
Garza will be entering his final year under contract with the Cubs. Unless Chicago shocks everyone and signs Garza to an extension, the plan has been for the team to trade him. However, that becomes increasingly difficult with each new injury the 29-year old suffers.
In his career, Garza has been a decent pitcher. Many think he could be (or already is) better than his numbers suggest. Garza has a 57-61 career record and a 3.84 ERA. He's been solid but not great. However, if he's healthy, he will command a decent paycheck.
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