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Cubs confirm that Matt Garza is done for the season

Aug 21, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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Cubs skipper Dale Sveum told reporters early last week that “it’s going to be tough” for right-hander Matt Garza to return this season from a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. Sveum was right.

Carrie Muskat of heard this evening that Garza is officially “done” for the rest of the season.

Not because he had a setback, but because he simply doesn’t have enough time to make a full, normal recovery. And the Cubs don’t want to risk making the elbow injury any worse than it already is.

Garza registered a 3.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP across 18 starts this season, striking out 96 batters and walking 32 in 103 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old will be salary eligible for arbitration for the final time heading into 2013 and the rebuilding Cubs seem likely to trade him in order to avoid paying what will be a hefty raise.

  1. kjt929 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    The cubs such a disapointment

  2. mybrunoblog - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Damm.These Cubs have no luck.
    To quote Pete Rose “Jesus said to the Cubs, hey guys don’t do anything until I get back”.

  3. jlovenotjlo - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Cubs suck.

  4. gmsingh - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    There goes their playoff hopes!

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