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gods-wrathMatt Garza has been recovering from a lat strain since February 17, when he was injured while recovering from a stress reaction in his elbow.

Fortunately, Garza has been able to throw on flat ground several times in the last week without even a hint of pain or discomfort in his lat. He’ll have another couple long-toss sessions before heading back to the mound for the first time since that February 17 session.

In all, it’s expected to be another seven to ten days before he’s back on a mound, assuming there are no more setbacks. So, we’d be looking at the March 30/31/April 1 range for Garza to be back on the mound, at which point he’s going to need at least a month to get stretched back out. Mid-April has long gone out the window in Garza’s relatively slow recovery, but early-May is still on the table, which is not terrible.

That month, which will also feature Scott Baker out of action (and hopefully for only that month), will give the Cubs additional time to see Travis Wood, Scott Feldman, and Carlos Villanueva in the rotation, as well as two additional arms in the bullpen that otherwise would have been bumped to AAA or off the roster entirely. That’s bonus evaluation and showcase time, which … well … isn’t a huge deal, but it’s something. We’re looking for silver linings here.

  • Patrick W.

    You know, this Matt Garza is God Incarnate stuff is getting old.

    (note: I didn’t read anything written; I just assume from two word in the headline)

    • Cubbie Blues

      Can you actually ignore someone if you acknowledge them?

    • hansman1982

      “I didn’t read anything written”

      was proven by this:

      “You know, this Matt Garza is God Incarnate stuff is getting old. ”

      It shall now be know as the “Law of Patrick W. Doesn’t Really Read Any Of Brett’s Articles”…

      • DarthHater

        You know, this being a dick stuff is getting old.

        (note: I didn’t read anything beyond “Patrick W.”)

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I assume you guys know Patrick was making a joke …

        • DarthHater

          [img]http://sophosnews.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/the-simpsons-d-oh-mini-posters-71133.jpg[/img]

        • TWC

          Patrick W. … smh!

          • DarthHater

            Hey! It’s TWC bobblehead day! Woohoo!

            • TWC

              I wish. My “Chicago Cubs @ SF Giants/Jerry Garcia Night” bobblehead needs a friend.

              • Cubbie Blues

                You can get custom made ones here http://www.1minime.com/customized-bobblehead/all-products/
                Like this one.

                [img]http://1bobblehead.com/gay-strawberry-1minime/155/178[/img]

                • Cubbie Blues

                  Why is my comment waiting moderation?

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    Most comments with two or more links (the picture, apparently counted as a “link”) are held for moderation (most spam includes more than two links).

        • Patrick W.

          Well, I thought it was funny anyway.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            I liked it.

  • Spriggs

    Looks like another long season of Rusin, Coleman, Raley, a few new (worse) guys and (gulp) Feldman types.

  • Jono

    what’s the over/under for how many days until he’s back on the DL?

  • Curt

    Garzas ATM is re-attatched but he keeps stumbling around and mumbling brains , brains , lol I do hope this time he’s really healthy n ready to go

  • Mr. Gonzo

    At this point, I’m fully expecting Garza to re-injure himself in early May while in the process of tweeting that he’s been cleared to pitch in a regular season game. All that said, I really hope for a pain-free comeback and return to dominance by July.

  • #23

    I would still love to see them pull off a trade for Porcello. I have always thought he would be a really great addition to the Cubs long term rotation. I think the change of scenery as well as a change to the N.L. would do him good.

  • OCCubFan

    Perhaps this has already been done, but I’d like to see some sort of quantitative analysis of injuries that would tell me whether the Cubs’ experience is typical or not.

    It also seems that keeping one’s players healthy is an excellent way to gain a competitive advantage.

    • Rebuilding
    • Sebastian

      Here is an analysis of last years DL trips. Not exactly the same thing, but the Cubs are actually second to only the White Sox in least number of days lost to DL.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2012-disabled-list-summary/

    • hansman1982

      “It also seems that keeping one’s players healthy is an excellent way to gain a competitive advantage”

      The article that Sebastian links to has this gem in it:

      “The lack of days lost by the White Sox, compared the rest of the league, is incredible. Over the last 3 years, the White Sox have averaged 400 days lost. The next closest time is the lovable Cubs at around 600. The Yankees, Nationals, and Red Sox have lost on average 3 times as many games per year over the same time frame.”

  • DONNIE621

    I agree with the sentiment of the posts… Hearing about Garza’s condition is boring… makes me think there is nothing else to write about. Wait for something with substance. I think the same is true for the Wrigley renovation… we need a reporting moratorium on the renovation until there is something to know.

    That being said, I think there is a compromise with the City that may work… Why don’t the Cubs compromise and ask for the same amount of night games and advertising that the White Sox get. Afterall there is a neighborhood around Sox park and those people have no problem with it… I don’t know could work? Worth a try!

    • hansman1982

      WE HAVE A NEW LAW!

      “Law of Donnie621 Doesn’t Really Read Any Of The Comments To Brett’s Articles”.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If only there were some way to avoid reading about subjects that don’t interest you …

  • North Side Irish

    How much to lure Dave Duncan out of retirement? That voodoo of his would be worth every penny…

  • college_of_coaches

    I don’t know if anyone has noted this already, but does anyone else think that a Garza-Navarro battery will make for interesting fireworks this year? That is, given their history.

    http://www.faniq.com/blog/Video-Rays-Matt-Garza-and-Dioner-Navarro-Fight-Each-Other-Blog-9453

    • cubfanincardinalland

      They have actually become best friends since that happened a few years ago. One of the reasons Navarro came to the Cubs was to play with Garza.

      • college_of_coaches

        Cool. I wasn’t familiar with that side of the story, but it makes sense since Dioner chose to sign with the Cubs.

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