Cubs’ resident ace Matt Garza is personally guaranteeing he’ll be ready to play come opening day. In a recent interview with CSN’s Dave Kaplan, Garza assured Cubs fans worldwide that his arm was well on its way to being fully recovered.
June 13, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcherMatt Garza
(22) pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
"If Spring Training started tomorrow, I would be ready to go. I’m not ready to pitch six innings today, but I will be ready to go when the season starts."
While this isn’t exactly news to a lot of fans, it’s good to hear it from Garza himself, who had been quite active on twitter addressing his health of late. Garza has been working with pitching coach Chris Bosio in an effort to regain strength in his arm since doctors gave him clearance to start throwing again a few months ago.
Considering there was a lot of buzz around Garza at the trade deadline last season, his health is exceedingly important to the north siders. Not only is he expected to go out and perform for the team, his quotes are keeping his potential trade value from hitting rock bottom as well. It’s the subtle things that can dictate his price when he’s been inactive for well over half a year.
"I will be ready to go Opening Day, that’s guaranteed."
No doubt he’ll be a part of the Cubs’ starting rotation come opening day. Will he still be a Cub come the 2013 trade deadline? That will remain to be seen.