Today, to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Chris Rusin, the Cubs transferred injured pitcher Matt Garza to the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his season.
It was already an extreme longshot that Garza would be able to pitch again this year – he’s out with a stress reaction in his pitching elbow, and the recovery time for the injury was simply not going to allow a reasonable period of rest before the season would be nearing a close. Technically Garza could return this year, because his DL stint will be retroactive to the last time he pitched, July 21. But it would unreasonable to believe he’d come back for the last 10 days of the season only.
I’ve already expressed my feelings on this (in short: it sucks, and it makes Garza almost completely untradable this Winter if the Cubs wanted to explore that possibility), so I won’t rehash.
Instead, I’ll offer 1000 appropriate words …