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Matt Garza resumes throwing five months after elbow injury

Dec 11, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Matt Garza did some throwing yesterday for the first time since being shut down in mid-July with a stress reaction in his elbow, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

Garza announced via Twitter that he “felt great.”

Prior to the injury Garza was rumored to be on the trading block and for a while the Cubs held out hope that he could return in time to make an August waiver deal possible, but he never made any real progress.

That also makes it tough for the Cubs to trade Garza this offseason, whereas a healthy Garza with one year of arbitration eligibility remaining before hitting the open market as a free agent next winter would have been a hot commodity.

In two seasons with the Cubs the 29-year-old right-hander has a 3.52 ERA and 293 strikeouts in 302 innings.

  1. muckey - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Cubs need to pray he’s healthy enough to pitch in the first half and gain some trade value. Trading him at the deadline should be their goal.

    • jptopdog - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Or signing him to lets say a 5yr./ 75 mil. deal while his value maybe not as high because of injury. I love prospects as much as or more than anyone, but a trade-just to trade not always a benefit either. A Shields package-ok, less than extend him.

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