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Matt Garza: Injury Update and Expectations


The elbow stress reaction that has sidelined Matt Garza since before the trade deadline will be receiving special attention this week as he goes in for an additional scan.

While the complications of the stress reaction are still largely unknown, Garza is in good spirits and it’s expected that he’ll make a full recovery in time for the 2013 season.

September 8, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza (22) looks out onto the field during batting practice before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

This injury has had a lot of special implications for the Cubs including the inability to trade him before the deadline last season. He was expected to be dealt by many industry sources as part of the Cubs’ rebuilding process in order to cash in on prospects while the pitching market was seller oriented.

The scan is part of his regular rehabilitation and should not be any cause for concern. He will likely be taking part in some mild exercise and throwing before spring training in order to be able to rejoin the team by opening day.

More to come as details emerge later this week.