Matt Garza has been scratched from his start tomorrow due to “elbow tightness.” The Cubs say they’re not seriously concerned, and hope it will just be a one-start-skip kind of thing. He’ll see a doctor on Monday, and may get an MRI.
What a Cubs fan hears: Matt Garza’s elbow has exploded, he’s out for this year and half of next year. The season/decade are over. Good night.
Although Randy Wells is scheduled to pitch tomorrow at AAA Iowa, the Cubs plan to go with an all-bullpen day instead of calling someone up, and will almost certainly lose. Hooray beer.
Sorry for the glibness, but… I’m not too happy.
UPDATE, from Mike Quade to reporters before the game: “He’s got a little stiffness in his elbow. We’re going to be real careful with this guy. We’re going to skip his start tomorrow and get him some rest and see what happens. It sounds like it’s not something serious. It sounds like he makes his next start. We have the off-day (Monday). We have four guys we can run out there if he needs (more time). I would literally say this is day to day.” He also called James Russell – 10+ ERA as a starter – the “prohibitive favorite” to start.
UPDATE, from Matt Garza: He’s not terribly concerned, either.