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Matt Garza scratched from rehab start with “dead arm”

Apr 24, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Matt Garza‘s comeback from elbow problems has hit another snag, as the Cubs right-hander was scratched from a scheduled minor league rehab start at Double-A due to what the team is calling a “dead arm.”

General manager Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that the setback “is all muscular, nothing structural” in an attempt to frame things as not-terrible news, but Garza is nine months removed from his last MLB start and his recovery timetable has been put on hold.

Garza is an impending free agent, so the Cubs want him to get healthy so they can trade him for something before July 31 and he wants to get healthy so he can convince teams he’s worth a big long-term deal this winter.

  1. uyf1950 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    He can kiss his free agency big dollars and long term deal goodbye at the end of this season.

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