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Cubs Garza suffers another setback in rehab
CINCINNATI — Matt Garza’s lengthy comeback from a lat strain that wiped out his entire spring training just got a little longer with the news Tuesday night that the Cubs have scratched him from Wednesday’s scheduled rehab start for Class AA Tennessee.
“He’s got a little dead-arm,” general manager Jed Hoyer said, referring to a common soreness and fatigue some pitchers get periodically in spring training. “It’s all muscular. Nothing structural. We’ll give him a couple days, have him throw a bullpen and hopefully get him right back on schedule.”
The optimistic projections had Garza returning from the disabled list sometime during the May 13-15 home series against Colorado. The setback pushes him back into at least late May.
Garza missed the final seven weeks of last season because of an elbow injury, but Hoyer said this latest issue is unrelated to the elbow.
“It’s a forearm and biceps thing,” he said. “We’re certainly hopeful it’s a dead-arm period thing.”