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Matt Garza suffers oblique strain during dominant start against the Cardinals

Aug 3, 2014, 6:35 PM EST

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Matt Garza curiously left Sunday afternoon’s ballgame after shutting the Cardinals out on one hit over six innings. He had accrued only 71 pitches, so the early exit prompted speculation that the right-hander suffered an injury.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Garza strained his left oblique. He will be examined further to determine the severity. Oblique injuries are, as Haudricourt describes them, “tricky”, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Garza needed to skip his next start. In the event Garza needs a stint on the disabled list, Marco Estrada would likely return to the rotation.

Including today’s sterling outing against the Cardinals, in which the Brewers lost 3-2, Garza has a 3.58 ERA and he now owns a 104/43 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings.

  1. moogro - Aug 3, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    ouch

  2. hodaghunter - Aug 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Big loss for the brewers as he has been outstanding

  3. chitownbullet - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Matt Garza the glass man! It was only a matter of time.

  4. SocraticGadfly - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    And, why doesn’t Baer have up a blog post yet about the top story from the game, as in Lackey going 7 strong for the win in his first game as a Cardinal?

    • jimmyt - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Not to worry. The Cardinals are coming tra la, la, la.

      And there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

    • cincinata - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Because that was not the top story. The story was ONE hit in 6 innings, then the injury which caused the game to be lost. If Garza was not hurt, they probably would have won the game 2 to NO. That’s WHY!

      • uwsptke - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Exactly. But you must consider that this guy, like most Cards fans, see the world as revolving around them.

  5. dean112263 - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Double whammy. Garza was pitching well last several starts. Then you get Estrada who is abysmal this season. He was leading the league in HRs given up.

  6. cincinata - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    The only problem is this, With this type of injury, they will not know until sometime today or tomorrow how bad it is. No one can throw with this and it must be healed completely before one starts a rehab. No matter what the Brewers say, this guy could be out for weeks. I suppose they will tell us later how bad this injury is. Then we will know if he misses one start or many more. Too bad he was doing a good job for them.

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