CHICAGO -- An MRI revealed a slight fluid buildup in the triceps area of Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, according to manager Dale Sveum, and the right-hander won't pitch until the end of next week at the earliest.
Garza, who suffered a cramp in his previous outing Saturday at St. Louis, was considered one of the Cubs' best trade chips before Tuesday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver trade deadline.
It is unknown how the setback affects Garza's trade value. The Cubs do not have any intention of putting him on the disabled list. The Cubs had hoped to give Garza a start Monday, but his latest exam was enough to nix that plan.
"They have a time schedule for me and we're trying to play it by ear, see how it reacts," Garza said. "I've been improving every day a lot, great improvement. I'm almost ready, it's just up to the training staff when they feel it's right for me to get back out there.
"If it was up to me I would take the mound the day I throw, but obviously that's just me. They have done it before with other guys and they will get me back when they think I'm ready."
Garza said blocking out trade speculation is part of his job.
"It comes with the business side of baseball," he said. "It happens every year around July 31."
Despite the apparent setback, Sveum did his best to put a positive spin on things.
"(The MRI) came back very clean except for a little showing of the cramping in the tricep there, just a little bitty trace of fluid in there that's getting better," Sveum said Friday. "And he's doing better, so we'll just wait and see what happens with his throwing program and see how that goes."
Sveum was asked if he now expects Garza to remain in a Cubs uniform after the deadline.
"He's not going to be able to pitch until later next week at the earliest," Sveum said. "I don't expect anybody to be gone until it happens anyway, so I'm not dwelling on that at all. We have to get him back on the mound."
The Cubs have not announced who will take the mound Monday. Newcomer Justin Germano is a possibility, but Sveum insisted the Cubs have other options as well.