Garza Scratched from Rehab Start

The Cubs announced Tuesday night following the 10-inning victory over the Reds that Matt Garza will not be making his rehab start on Wednesday. Garza was scheduled to make his first rehab start with Double-A Tennessee on Wednesday after completing a successful simulated game last Friday in Milwaukee and another bullpen session on Sunday. Garza made the trip to Tennessee and all seemed of scheduled for Garza to pitch in his first game since last July.

According to multiple reports, Garza has soreness in his right arm, similar to the “dead arm phase” pitchers go through in Spring Training. Jed Hoyer downplayed the setback and the Cubs are hopeful a couple of days of rest will be all that Garza needs before he can resume his rehab.

Jed Hoyer said that Garza’s setback is more muscular, forearm and biceps, and nothing to do with his right elbow. Garza did not bounce back from Sunday’s bullpen as expected. Hoyer explained the next step would be another bullpen session to see how Garza responds.

Garza was scheduled to complete at least four rehab starts before he would be ready to pitch in a big league game. Weather in the Chicago area cancelled Garza’s first scheduled rehab start last Friday with the Kane County Cougars. The Cubs decided that Garza should throw a two-inning simulated game in Milwaukee instead. Garza reportedly felt fine after the simulated game.

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