Garza Could Pitch Next Week … and Stewart Will Have to Earn a Starting Job

According to multiple reports, Matt Garza is feeling better and could make a rehab start with Double-A Tennessee next week. Garza was scratched from his scheduled rehab start with the Smokies on Wednesday due to what the Cubs described as a “dead arm.” Garza stayed in Tennessee and was to be re-examined on Thursday. Reportedly Garza felt discomfort in his arm following his bullpen session on Sunday so the Cubs decided it was best for him to push back his rehab start.

According to the Tribune, Garza will play long toss Friday or Saturday. If all goes well, Garza will throw another bullpen session before scheduling a rehab start.

Once Ian Stewart is ready to join the big league club, he will have to earn a starting spot according to his manager. The Cubs were expected to activate Stewart from the DL during the next homestand which begins on Monday but the Tribune reported that it could still be a couple of weeks before Stewart is called up.

It is not a secret that Luis Valbuena has made quite an impression on Dale Sveum over the past year. Sveum said Thursday, “Valbuena is one of our more consistent players right now. So it’s going to be difficult to move one of our more consistent players out of a spot.”

While Luis Valbuena was busy hitting the game winning home run on Thursday night, Ian Stewart went 1-for-3 with a run scored before being replaced by Alberto Gonzalez. Stewart is 3-for-27 in eight games with Iowa that includes three walks, one double, three runs scored, three RBI and ten strikeouts.

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