#Cubs expect Garza to begin light throwing tomorrow, don't seem too concerned about Castro.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) February 28, 2013
While Garza’s lat injury was certainly a setback, there’s still a chance he’s able to get in enough spring training appearances andinnings to be on the Cubs’ active roster when camp breaks. He’s likely to begin throwing off flat ground before he returns to a mound.
Garza has been solid for Chicago since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2011 season. Last year he was limited to 18 starts due to injury, but he maintained an ERA of 3.91 with a 3.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 29-year-old owns a career ERA of 3.84 over seven seasons in the majors.
Garza is entering the final year of his current contract, which pays him $10.25 million in 2013. Depending on his production and how the Cubs do this season, he could quickly become one of the most-coveted on the trade market this summer.
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