Matt Garza returned to Chicago on Thursday following his first rehab start with the Smokies on Wednesday afternoon. Garza said he feels great and is really looking forward to his second rehab start, which will be Monday with the Iowa Cubs.
The Cubs would like Garza to complete at least three more minor league rehab outings. Garza would not give a timeframe on when he could return to the Cubs’ rotation. According to ESPN Chicago, the Cubs are hoping Garza can return to the rotation by the end of the month.
Matt Garza explained the comments he made on Twitter and told Comcast SportsNet that he thought he had to say something because of all of the negativity. Garza said it’s time to end the negativity that surrounds the Cubs.
Kyuji Fujikawa completed his second bullpen session on Thursday. According to a report from Carrie Muscat, Fujikawa threw the ball a lot better than he did in his first session. Fujikawa is expected to go out on a rehab assignment that could begin on Sunday with Iowa.
The Cubs would like to see Fujikawa make two rehab appearances before he is activated from the DL.
The I-Cubs did not play on Thursday due to weather, the game was actually postponed on Wednesday. So, Ian Stewart received an unscheduled day off. Stewart has struggled to the tune of 4-for-44 with eight walks, one double, five runs scored, five RBI, 16 strikeouts and four errors in 13 rehab games.
Theo Epstein addressed Stewart’s status on Wednesday. Stewart’s first rehab assignment expires on Friday.
Epstein said Stewart can be re-certified to remain in the minor leagues. Position players are limited to 20 games on a single rehab assignment, while pitchers can have up to 30 days per rehab assignment. Epstein explained the delays and minor setbacks that Stewart has had during his time with the I-Cubs. Epstein said Stewart does not have his timing right now and Dale Sveum said, “There’s nothing real good going on with his swing right now.” Epstein feels he just needs to keep playing.
Brian Harper, Iowa’s hitting coach, thinks Stewart is close to getting his timing back and has seen consistent improvement.
News and Notes
According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs plans to build a new clubhouse and training facilities at Wrigley Field could get pushed back a year if the deal to restore Wrigley Field is not finalized soon. Theo Epstein confirmed the report to ESPN Chicago.
Theo Epstein is waiting for the Cubs to be able to act like a big market team.
Jon Paul Morosi is fine with the Cubs adding a jumbotron to Wrigley Field … as long as the money is spent on players and the Cubs win.
Starlin Castro has hit fifth in the Cubs’ lineup for the last two games, but in the Cubs normal lineup, Castro is the team’s two-hole hitter according to Dale Sveum.
Could the Cubs be a fit for Chase Headley? Jon Paul Morosi thinks the Cubs could match-up better on a trade for Headley than the Yankees.
There is a possibility that the Cubs make a qualifying offer to Matt Garza in the off-season according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
23 of the Cubs 28 games this season have been decided by three runs or less. The Cubs are 9-14 in those games … and 10 of the Cubs 17 losses have been decided by two runs or less.
Scott Hairston is 3-for-28 versus left-handed pitchers this season … all three hits have left the park. For the season, Hairston is 4-for-34 with three home runs and one double.