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Matt Garza gets good news on his elbow injury

The right-hander received the go-ahead to resume his normal offseason routine.

David Banks

Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza received good news on Thursday regarding his elbow injury, getting the go-ahead from his doctor to resume his regular offseason throwing program, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com:

Matt Garza was given the go-ahead to resume his normal offseason routine in preparation for Spring Training after getting a clean scan on his right elbow, the team announced Thursday...

He underwent a scan this week which revealed he was healing as expected, and was cleared by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo to resume his workouts.

The 28-year-old Garza – who was a hot commodity on the trading block before succumbing to his elbow injury – missed most of the second half after suffering a stress reaction in his throwing elbow in late July.

The right-hander started just eighteen games in his second season with the Cubs, posting a 3.91 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 8.3 K/9 in one hundred three and two-thirds innings. The 2013 season will be Garza’s last in arbitration before hitting free agency.