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)
Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza was sent to Chicago yesterday afternoon to undergo more tests on his shoulder after experiencing arm stiffness in a throwing session, reports Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.
"He's stiff today," manager Dale Sveum said. "Nothing major, but he's not going to be able to go on Tuesday. He threw two sides ... Just back him off, just send him home to go see the doctor. Just being a little (cautious)."
Garza has not pitched since July 21, when he left his start against the Cardinals after experiencing cramping in his triceps. While Sveum said that taking another MRI is unlikely and unnecessary, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes that the setback will likely land Garza on the disabled list.
The 28-year-old right-hander, who was a hot commodity at the trade deadline before suffering his injury, owns a 3.91 ERA and 8.3 K/9 rate in eighteen starts for the Cubbies this year.
Sveum said that the team still has not decided who will take Garza's start on Tuesday, but it is speculated that right-hander Casey Coleman could be promoted from Triple-A to make a spot start.
Will the Cubs be able to trade Garza if he cannot get healthy?