Matt Garza expected to miss week

Updated: February 19, 2013, 12:55 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers |

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has a strain on the left side of his body "where the lat meets the oblique" and is expected to miss about a week, general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday.

"It's a mild strain, we're probably going to let him rest for about a week," Hoyer said. "Make sure he can ramp back up his throwing."

Hoyer characterized the results as "really good news."

Garza was hurt as he threw to hitters on Sunday during batting practice and had an MRI on Monday. Hoyer said the injury will push back Garza's first Cactus League start.

"What it means for the regular season it's clearly much too early to say," Hoyer said. "We do think it will be about a week."

Garza hasn't pitched in a game since last July 21. He was shut down after going 5-7 with 3.91 ERA due to an elbow problem. Early in camp he indicated he was in the best shape of his career. Hoyer concurred.

"His body looks different," Hoyer said. "His arm is in good shape. This has nothing to do with how he came into camp."

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for and ESPN Radio 1000.



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