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Matt Garza leaves outing in St. Louis with triceps injury

Jul 21, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

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Matt Garza is one of the Cubs’ best summer trade chips, but he might suddenly be damaged goods.

According to beat writer Carrie Muskat of, the right-hander was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cardinals after just three innings due to cramping in his right triceps. He fell down while trying to cover the first base bag on a double play earlier in the evening, and was later spotted stretching out his arm while chatting with a team trainer in the visitor’s dugout at Busch Stadium.

Garza has posted a solid 3.91 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 96/32 K/BB ratio through 103 2/3 innings this season.

X-rays were taken and came up negative, but the 28-year-old will be reevaluated by a specialist on Sunday. He’ll obviously be difficult to deal before the July 31 deadline if his injury is anything more than minor.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Remember Theo! There is no crying in baseball.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    No big deal for the cubs, who are perpetually “rebuilding”. If this was Dempster, it would be harmful, but Garza is under Cubs control through 2013. Doesn’t matter if they trade him this year or next. The prospects won’t pan out anyway and it’ll be another long winter for Cubs fans.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM


  3. 78mu - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I doubt the Cardinals would have scored 12 runs in one inning if he had stayed in the game. The Cubs haven’t caught a break in over 100 years.

  4. dcbear90 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Yeah, that’s it. They just haven’t caught a break.

  5. bbk1000 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    The Cubs blew this one, Garza should be gone with some prospects coming back their way.

    You think they would have learned from Zambrano, after 6 – 7 years his effectiveness went down, along with his innings pitched, strikeouts, etc.

    It’s the beginning of the end for Garza.

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