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Matt Garza scratched from Sunday start with right elbow tightness

May 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Matt Garza has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Red Sox due to right elbow tightness. It will be probably all hands on deck for the Cubs tomorrow, though James Russell or Jeff Samardzija are the most likely candidates to make the start.

According to Paul Sullivan of Chicago Tribune, Garza will have the elbow examined by team doctors when the team returns home Monday, but Cubs are hopeful he will only have to miss one start.

Garza, who was acquired from the Rays in January, has a 3.72 ERA and 68/20 K/BB ratio over his first nine starts this season. He has averaged 10.99 K/9 over 55 2/3 innings, which is tops among major league starters.

  1. bloodysock - May 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    I don’t think Jeff Samardzija will get the start tomorrow after throwing 46 pitches in an inning of work last night.

    • D.J. Short - May 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Whoops, good point.

      • D.J. Short - May 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM

        Though, after double-checking, Russell and Samardzija are being named as potential replacements. Either way, it will be ugly.

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