The Milwaukee Brewers have placed right-handed pitcher Matt Garza on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
Wasn't expecting this #Brewers news: Rhp Matt Garza goes on DL with shoulder tendinitis. RHP Corey Knebel back up.— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 6, 2015
Garza was one of the primary players the Brewers were shopping as part of a sale, but that is now likely on hold with his injury.
After a strong debut season with the Brewers in 2014, Garza has struggled this season, with a 5.55 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 99 innings. He has allowed a league-high 120 hits and walked 33 while striking out 68. Despite his struggles this season, Garza has been a solid pitcher throughout his career, with a 3.93 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in his 10 major league seasons, striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings.
Garza's injury, depending on the severity, leaves veterans Kyle Lohse and Francisco Rodriguez as the primary trade chips the Brewers have on their pitching staff. Rodriguez, who has a 1.45 ERA and 18 saves this season, is among the most likely players to move in all of baseball as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. The Brewers could also choose to move another starter, such as 30-year-old righty Mike Fiers, as well.
Milwaukee can also offer first baseman Adam Lind, who has hit .298/.373/.518 with 14 home runs this season, and third baseman Aramis Ramirez to contenders as they work their way toward a rebuild. Other potential trade candidates among Brewers hitters are outfielders Carlos Gomez, Gerardo Parra and Ryan Braun, as well as catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has a very team-friendly contract.
As for the immediate future in Milwaukee, Haudricourt reports that 25-year-old right-hander Tyler Cravy, who has allowed two runs in nine innings with the Brewers this season, will replace Garza in the rotation.