Garza will be ready
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza is pretty confident he’ll be ready for the teams season opener. Garza suffered a lat strain on Sunday when throwing batting practice, the injury isn’t deemed to be serious though. Matt is expected to miss about a week of practice time, which would include one Spring Training start.
“I’m not worried about spring starts, I’m more concerned about being ready for opening week, Opening Day,’’ said Garza, who suffered a “mild strain” in his left lat while throwing batting practice to teammates Sunday.
“Right now if I stay on my pace and stay patient and just let it heal, I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready.’’ (Chicago Sun-Times)
The best thing for the Cubs and Garza is that Spring Training is a week longer this year. Missing one week of practice time and one start won’t set him back to far. It’s also a good thing that he was ahead of schedule with his off-season throwing program.
I expect the Cubbies to take it very easy on him for the rest of Spring Training as they’ve got to protect their biggest trade deadline chip.