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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Matt Garza likely out until Monday

By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com

PITTSBURGH -- With his wife expecting, Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza is scheduled to head back to Chicago ahead of the team and probably will not be ready to pitch again until Monday.

With the non-waiver trade deadline at 3 p.m. July 31, there isn't much time for a team interested in trading for Garza to see him pitch, be comfortable that he is healthy again and put a trade together.

Garza hasn't pitched since Saturday when he left his outing against the St. Louis Cardinals after three scoreless innings because of what the Cubs determined to be a cramp in his right triceps. Soreness in his upper right arm persisted to the point where Garza was put on a cycle of anti-inflammatory medication.

"He will do his treatment back there and we will evaluate and see where we are on Friday," manager Dale Sveum said. "He probably won't throw this weekend but hopefully things will keep progressing the way it is now."

Sveum said the Cubs haven't started thinking about the disabled list. They probably won't have much of a choice if Garza doesn't pitch by Monday. Players who are on the disabled list can still be traded.

Indications are Garza's wife, Serina, will have labor induced Thursday at a Chicago area hospital.