Matt Garza will not start again until after Tuesday’s trade deadline, although he will not go on the disabled list for what is called triceps cramping.
Garza was given an MRI, which manager Dale Sveum said “came back very clean except for showing” the cramping Garza suffered.
“He’s doing better,” Sveum said. “We’ll wait and see what happens with his throwing program. It’s possible (he’ll start) maybe late next week.”
Teams could still trade for Garza, although they surely would want to see the MRI results first. That might be one of the reason Cubs’ management had the test done early.
Garza last pitched on Saturday against the Cardinals, leaving after three innings.
The Cubs have not named a starter for Monday’s game against the Pirates, although the most liukely possibility would be Justin Germano, who was purchased from the Red Sox on July 12 and has pitched three scoreless innings since.
Meanwhile, there was no news on Ryan Dempster Friday and he said he could only “say what I said the last few days.”
Dempster is scheduled to pitch Tuesday night, which is after the 3 p.m. trading deadline. The Cubs and Dodgers reportedly remain in a stalemate over what player would come in return for Dempster and that means it could go down to the final hours of the open trading period.
Players can still be dealt after July 31, but they have to go through the waiver process and it is doubtful Garza or Dempster could clear waivers.