ST. LOUIS - With his name constantly being mentioned in trade rumors, it looked suspicious when Matt Garza did not come out for the fourth inning on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
But this did not mean a blockbuster deal was going down. Garza was removed from the game because of cramping in his right triceps. X-rays were negative.
Garza had thrown 33 pitches and held the St. Louis Cardinals scoreless for three innings.
Jimmy Butler won't be facing the Bulls a second time this season.
Butler suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday night in Houston. The initial X-ray only revealed he didn't have any broken bones, but the MRI had to wait until Saturday.
The Timberwolves announced that the MRI revealed a meniscus injury in Butler's right knee. There is not yet word on how long the All-Star guard will be out of action, but if it wasn't already assumed that he wouldn't play against the Bulls, it's now certain.
The Bulls take on the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler dropped 38 points at the United Center in his return to Chicago exactly two weeks ago, but the Bulls won 114-113.
Butler posted on Instagram a reaction to the injury.
Saturday's game will be the returns of Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Minnesota after they went the other direction in the Butler trade on draft night last June.