Matt Garza exits with triceps cramp

Updated: July 21, 2012, 9:12 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza was removed from Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals because of a cramp in his right triceps.

Garza had just completed three scoreless innings, but newly-acquired right-hander Justin Germano replaced him in the fourth inning.

During the top of the fourth inning, Garza could be seen in the dugout talking to pitching coach Chris Bosio and appeared to be flexing his wrist and stretching is right forearm. As a precaution, X-rays were taken but they came back negative.

Early concerns were that an injury could hamper the Cubs' efforts to trade Garza, but the cramp behind his right arm was the best possible scenario.

Garza has been in the midst of trade rumors since spring training with most of them heating up now that the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching. The most recent rumor had the Dodgers interested in acquiring Garza.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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