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Matt Garza to return from disabled list Tuesday, Carlos Villanueva headed to bullpen

May 18, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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Matt Garza has been cleared to return from the disabled list and will make his season debut Tuesday against the Pirates, according to CSNChicago.com.

Garza didn’t throw a pitch after July 21 last season due to a stress reaction in his elbow and was forced to begin this season on the disabled list due to a strained lat. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 1.17 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings over four rehab starts, including six scoreless innings with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Garza is due to become a free agent after the season, so he could become useful trade bait leading up to the July 31 deadline if he can prove healthy and effective.

In order to clear a spot for Garza in the rotation, Carlos Villaneuva will be moved to the bullpen. The 29-year-old right-hander has a solid 3.93 ERA and 36/14 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings over eight starts this season, but Travis Wood and Scott Feldman have had better results and Edwin Jackson isn’t going anywhere after he joined the club on a four-year, $52 million contract this winter. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Villanueva will be available for any relief situation, not just as a longman.

  1. Bar None - May 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    This is dumb to me. Villanueva is not only getting them lots of quality starts but his is pitching way better than Jackson. Yes, I know Jackson has a bigger contract, but you should reward for performance. Jackson hasn’t lived up to his contract, light a fire under him. Thank God Villanueva is a great team player and takes this in stride.

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