While Saturday morning found the Cubs in a holding pattern in regards to the looming trade deadline, this time remains far from uneventful for Matt Garza.
Not only is Garza the subject of trade rumors, hes recovering from a right arm injury that forced him out of his last start after only three innings last Saturday. Its uncertain when -- or if, in the instance of a trade -- hell return to the Cubs rotation, though it appears he could be ready for the Cubs series against the Dodgers that begins Friday in Los Angeles.
But all that might take a back seat to some personal news. Garzas wife is expecting the couples fourth child. The Cubs reported doctors will induce labor on Serina Garza on Tuesday, the same day of the nonwaiver trade deadline.
As for the injury, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Garza is progressing well. An MRI this week on Garzas throwing arm revealed a slight fluid buildup in his right triceps area.
Garza threw from flat ground Saturday morning before the Cubs afternoon game against St. Louis at Wrigley Field. The Cubs look to even the series after Fridays 9-6 setback.
Everything is gradually progressing, Sveum said of Garza. Hes doing much better and well try to get him out there late next week. Everything is going really well, so it if I had to say, it should happen. Everything is just getting better each day, so thats looking pretty good.
Garza is expected to throw a bullpen session Monday, and the Cubs will evaluate his progress after that. Sveum added that Garza may be ready to pitch against the Dodgers.
He could. Were looking at late next week so well see what happens, Sveum said.
Meanwhile, nothing new has happened regarding the Cubs and potential trades. Garza and Ryan Dempster remain on the team, but are considered the Cubs prize pieces on the trade front.
Sveum said the players and coaches will all be happy once the deadline passes, and the rumor mill takes a break.
I think everybodys going to be glad its all over with, he said. Its really not over with a lot of the times because of the waiver wires and all that. But the main things will be shut down one way or the other.