Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Cubs put Matt Garza on 60-day DL
By Doug Padilla
MILWAUKEE -- Matt Garza was put on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and despite the fact that he will be eligible to return with eight games remaining in the season, the Chicago Cubs will not use him again this year.
"He's shut down the rest of the season," manager Dale Svuem said. "We won't do anything there. The 60 days will be up because it's retroactive, but he's shut down."
Garza's move to the longer disabled list was done so the Cubs could open a spot for Chris Rusin to be added to the 40-man roster. Rusin was activated to the major league club Tuesday and was set to start against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Garza has been out since July 21 with what was first diagnosed as a cramp in the back of his right arm. That injury has since been upgraded to a stress reaction to the bone above his right elbow. Because the Cubs waited to make a roster move, Garza's DL stint didn't officially begin until July 28.
Mere minutes before Sveum said Garza won't pitch again this season, the right-hander still had hopes he might pitch again. But the Cubs clearly won't take a chance with Garza, who will be in the final season of his contract next year and figures to be a prime trade candidate.
Garza said he wasn't bothered by the move to the 60-day disabled list. Even if he wasn't required to sit out until the final week, his injury rehab didn't figure to be completed until then anyway.
"It's just kind of mathematically how it works," Garza said. "It's the best move and it gives a guy the opportunity to show what he's got."
Garza finishes the season with a 5-7 record and a 3.91 ERA over 18 starts, but doesn't feel the numbers tell the story.
"I wanted to finish it off," he said. "I like to be the guy who steps out there every five days and be known for that. It's a little hiccup but (the plan is to) come back even stronger. I'm a veteran and will learn a lot from what I have to deal with right now."
As to what kind of rotation Garza returns to, that remains in question. As of now, the only pitchers that figure to have a guaranteed rotation spot next year are Garza and Jeff Samardzija and Garza thinks it still leaves the Cubs in good shape moving forward.
"Somebody has to (lead a rotation), why not us?" Garza said. "We like taking the ball every fifth day so that shows we want it. There will be three other guys that want it just the same. We will have hungry guys and I feel we will still have (Alfonso) Soriano and he will be a good force for the young guys to show them how to prepare on a daily basis.
"In the bullpen we will have (Carlos) Marmol, a guy who has had great success and had a down year and is showing he can come back and pitch like he's doing. We'll have that with guys in certain spots to lead the way so we'll be alright."