Probably not shocking news for anyone that has followed the Cubs, but Matt Garza will be shut down for the remainder of the season. He was transferred to the 60 day DL today to make room on the 40 man roster for Chris Rusin. Really no point for Garza to push it to get back in September as it won’t prove anything. I’m sure both Garza and the Cubs wanted to show other teams that he was healthy enough to pitch but he just isn’t right now. Hopefully rest is all he needs and this isn’t something long-term that requires a more serious course of action.
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Just 10 short days before the trade deadline it looked like Matt Garza was the most logical starting pitcher to be traded at the deadline, and the most valuable one too. Reason being any team that acquired Garza would have him under team control for one full season after 2012 and a draft was still attached to his name. Boy how things have changed in just a matter two plus weeks.
On Monday it was announced that Garza suffered a stress reaction in the back of his right elbow. A diagnosis that was much worse than originally feared when everyone thought it was just a cramp. The injury is serious enough to end Garza’s season if it doesn’t improve and fast. Because of the injury Garza now looks to be headed for the Cubs rotation next season as Jed Hoyer said yesterday that they are excited to have Garza as a member of the Cubs moving forward and they are not looking to deal him at all. Well, yeah, because right now the only thing you might get back in a deal for Garza is Geovany Soto, and no one wants that.
It could end up being a blessing in disguise as the Cubs are now likely to resume talks with Garza about an extension, assuming he returns to health. He could be a piece that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer look to build their rotation around. Personally I think the best option is still to deal him. The Cubs could move him in the winter or at next years trade deadline, unfortunately the return will be much less than if they could have moved him this year, I think.
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