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Dale Sveum would be “surprised” if Matt Garza returns this season

Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 PM EST

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It’s beginning to look more and more likely that Matt Garza will begin next season as a member of the Cubs.

Garza is still in shut-down mode due to a stress reaction in his right elbow. While he’s still hopeful of returning this year, David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com notes that Cubs manager Dale Sveum expressed some skepticism during an appearance on WGN Radio in Chicago this afternoon.

“To be honest with you, I’d be surprised if he pitches again this season. We all want him back but when the rehab is done and right now we have 48 or 49 games left and he works his butt off but’s going to be tough. Is it possible sometime this year? Sure, but I would be surprised if he pitches again this season,” Sveum said.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Sveum backtracked a bit upon arriving to Wrigley Field this afternoon, but he still conceded that a lot of things will have to go right for Garza to return this season.

“We don’t know that,” Sveum said. “It’s going to be very — I don’t want to say really unlikely he’ll be back — but it’ll probably take a lot of hard work and for some things to happen in the healing process to get back because you’re going to run out of time, basically to rehab. … It’ll be kind of tough, but some guys heal quicker than others.”

The Cubs reportedly shopped Garza leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but assuming he doesn’t pitch again this season, teams will likely want him to prove his health next year before talking about a possible deal. The 28-year-old right-hander is making $9.5 million this season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

  1. hammyofdoom - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    This would explain why no team took a flier on him while the injury he had was “minor”.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Hammy- I think the Cubs were asking for a kings ransom, despite the injury. No team was willing to mortgage their future for damaged goods. I think the inquiring teams, whoever they were, dodged a bullet.

  3. berseliusx - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    This is a year!

  4. gmsingh - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Even the players are in “wait until next year” mode.

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