Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza suffered a mild lat strain while throwing batting practice on Sunday afternoon. Garza stopped half way through his designated 40-pitch session and thought he had suffered a cramp. He walked off the field and sought aid from a trainer.
Garza was thought to have been a candidate to be moved at the MLB trade deadline last season but suffered an arm injury to his pitching arm and finished the season on the Cubs roster posting a disappointing 5-7 overall record with a 3.91 ERA. He re-signed with the Cubs this offseason and is scheduled to earn $10 million and if he isn’t moved at the mid-season mark, he will become a free agent next offseason.
Garza doesn’t sound too concerned about the injury and told reporters he removed himself from batting practice as more of a precaution than anything else. “It’s not that bad. It’s kind of day to day,” Garza told reporters. “It shouldn’t be a big thing. We’ll see tomorrow. I’m not going to push it if I don’t have to.”