CHICAGO, IL - JULY 15: Starting pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Chicago Cubs rubs down the ball before pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on July 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Sveum confirms Matt Garza done for the season.— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 21, 2012
Garza, who has been out since July 21 with a "stress reaction" in his right elbow, had hopes to return to the rotation this season but the club has decided to shut him down. The 28-year-old right-hander was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, giving Garza an eight-game window in which he could theoretically return at the end of the year, but Sveum said Garza would not return.
A highly coveted commodity at the trade deadline until besot with injury, Garza will likely be a valuable trade chip again when he returns for his final year of arbitration in 2013. The right-hander posted a 3.91 ERA and 8.3 K/9 in one hundred three and two-thirds innings this season.