After tonight’s game, Matt Garza spoke to the media about the “triceps cramp” that forced him from the game. Among his quotes (from tweets by Paul Sullivan, Gordon Wittenmyer, and Patrick Mooney):
- The tests the Cubs performed after taking him out showed no structural damage. “They said no worries on the ligaments in there …. It’s just a weird-ass injury.”
- “My preparation has always been good. I pride myself on being ready to throw my day and stuff like this just pisses me off.”
- “I just don’t know how it happened. Anything to do with your elbow area as a pitcher, you get nervous. I’m still young. I wanted to take precaution.”
- That all sounds good … until this one, when asked about his next start. “I’m more of an optimist. I hope so. I hate missing starts.” Ugh.
It’s immediately after the fact, so you have to take everything he says with a grain of salt. Garza is a high energy guy, and he’s bound to be a little extra angry right now, especially after getting pulled in the middle of a good game. At the same time, these just don’t sound like the kind of quotes you get from a guy who merely has “cramps.”
The Cubs – and Garza – will have much more on this tomorrow, and in the coming days. He’s supposed to start again on Friday, after an off-day. It gives him an extra day to get back, but it also means he would have just that one start left before the Trade Deadline.
It remains possible that, after the dust settles, it was just a cramp, he’ll throw a side session, feel fine, and start on Friday as scheduled. But will interested teams have a little bit of worry in the back of their heads no matter how this shakes out?