From the “Things Couldn’t Possibly Get Any Worse” category, there is more news on Matt Garza.
If missing the final two-and-a-half months of last season wasn’t enough, Garza injured his lat muscle in very early in spring training, causing him to begin the 2013 season on the DL.
He was attempting to make his first rehab start when the black cat once again crossed his path.
Garza has been scratched from his next rehab start with Double-A Daytona due to what Cubs GM Jed Hoyer has called dead arm.
Garza won't pitch tomorrow at AA, per Hoyer. "Dead arm". Muscle not elbow— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 24, 2013
Given his season-ending injury he suffered before the trade deadline last season, this injury is much less worrisome for the club. In an article on ESPNChicago.com, Hoyer said, “It's all muscular, nothing structural.”
This has to be disconcerting news for the Cubs and Garza; while trying to make a second comeback from an injury this calendar year, he is hit with another setback.
But It is possible even with this sort of delay, though, Garza could still be on track for a mid-May return as the Cubs believe. Quoted in the same ESPNChicago piece, Hoyer said, "We'll give him a couple days, throw a bullpen and hopefully get him right back on schedule."
And luckily for the Cubs, this sort of phenomena is fairly common amongst pitchers and position players. In 2009, Mark Buehrle told MLB.com:
We all go through periods where our arms are just a littler tired. It's a long season and there are times where you might have thrown 60 or 70 innings but you feel like you've thrown 100...There are times where you haven't thrown in five days but you feel like you've thrown for 12 days in a row. I guess that's what I think of when I hear about dead arm.
It is a condition that can be worked through with minimal down time, but he should be expected to miss another week or so before making his first rehab start.
Giving how well the Cubs' starting pitching has performed so far this season there does not seem to be any real reason to rush Garza back.
Unless, of course, to increase his value at the trade deadline.