In his article about today’s Lou Montanez call-up, ESPN’s Bruce Levine casually drops the suggestion that the corresponding roster move might be sending Matt Garza to the disabled list. He says this like it’s no biggy that everyone has been discussing. It is a biggy, and *no one* has been discussing it.
Obviously the DL stint itself wouldn’t be a huge issue as it would likely mean only one or two more missed starts for Garza (the stint can be backdated to the last time he pitched, May 17).
But what makes it a huge deal is that it would mean once again, the Chicago Cubs were overly optimistic about the health of one of their players. When the Cubs announced that Garza would miss his weekend start against the Red Sox, manager Mike Quade, GM Jim Hendry, and even Garza, himself, went out of their way to describe how benign his elbow issue was. If it were later in the season, he could go they said. He’ll just rest, and all should be well for his next start they said.
Missing multiple starts and heading to the DL was not discussed as an outcome of the “elbow tightness.” That kind of thing would be both big news and a big shift in the narrative for the Cubs. (As if to confirm my point, Twitter is blowing up as we speak about the possibility of Garza heading to the DL.)
It’s also the kind of thing that would make already gun-shy Cubs fans absolutely terrified.
We’ll know more soon, and I want to reiterate that Garza to the DL is not the equivalent of the Cubpocalypse. It would mean a couple missed starts, unless, of course, the injury is more serious than the Cubs have let on. But that never happens, right?
UPDATE: I like ponies. Matt Garza is indeed going to the disabled list with a “right elbow contusion.” In other words, he’s got a bone bruise, which sucks, but is certainly better than the other dreaded elbow possibilities. The Cubs expect him to be back by early June, so this is just a couple starts kind of thing (which, I know, they said it was just one start… fool me once, shame on you, fool me 5,000 times…)
We’ll have much more on this when there’s a little more information. The good news, such as it is, is that Randy Wells is now slated to start on Saturday for the Cubs. One in, one out.