Monday, April 22, 2013
The latest on Garza
By Jason Catania
Matt Garza has missed the start of the season, but when might he be ready to come back?
The Chicago Cubs actually haven't had Garza pitch for them in a game that counts since last July, when he missed much of the second half of 2012 with elbow problems.
This time around, though, the veteran right-hander is dealing with a strained left lat muscle initially injured during a live batting practice session back in mid-February. Garza was unable to pitch in spring training games because of the injury.
On Friday, though, Garza threw a two-inning simulated game and came away looking and feeling okay, aside from a few a little rust, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
The club plans to have Garza next throw 45 pitches over a three-inning outing, and if all goes well, he'll likely need another three or four before he's ready to return in mid-May.
Once Garza is back, the Cubs will play things by ear, but the likeliest candidates to be removed from the rotation and into a long man role would seem to be either Scott Feldman or Carlos Villanueva.