Cubs’ Matt Garza Out One Week with Lat Strain

Bad luck just keeps getting worse for Chicago Cubs’ starter Matt Garza. After spending the second half of 2012 on the disabled list and the offseason rehabbing his right elbow, Garza finally returned to throwing live batting practice as the Cubs began full-squad Spring Training workouts. Now, Garza will miss at least a week after Tuesday's MRI revealed a mild lat strain in his left side. Garza and the Cubs feared a more serious problem but found relief in discovering that the strain is mild.

Garza left his batting practice session on Sunday after throwing to three hitters. He threw 20 of his scheduled 40 pitches before stepping off the mound and stretching, indicated the discomfort. MLB.com’s Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat reports on Cubs' general manager Jed Hoyer discussing Garza’s reaction to Tuesday’s MRI results. Said Hoyer, "Matt's in good spirits, and he felt much better yesterday…. We're optimistic, and it was certainly a positive read from our standpoint."

The good news is that the injury is not serious. The MRI revealed only a mild strain and should become pain-free within a week. In addition, Garza reported Sunday that he felt no discomfort in his right elbow. Hoyer stated that Garza will miss approximately one week of action while the pain subsides. This problem will also mean that Garza will most likely miss his first Spring Training start. 

Garza is a candidate to start the Cubs’ season opener, but the strain could delay his first regular-season game. The Cubs and their fans just want Garza healthy.

Sources:
Carrie Muskat, Garza To Be Temporarily Shut Down with Lat Strain, cubs.mlb.com, February 19, 

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