Cubs ace Matt Garza will undergo an MRI on the strained left lat muscle he suffered during a batting-practice session Sunday in Mesa, Ariz.
Right-hander Garza, the Cubs’ projected No. 1 starter, threw 20 of a scheduled 40 pitches in a live session to Cubs hitters before stopping because of discomfort. The Cubs had been hoping Garza would be ready for the Cactus League and the regular season after suffering a “stress reaction” in his right elbow last July. He has not pitched in a game since July 21 and has been rehabbing the elbow.
“The good news is his arm felt really strong and he was throwing really well,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters Monday. “It’s unfortunate for sure and it’s going to set him back a little bit, but we’re still really confident.”
It’s not known whether this injury will cause Garza to miss the start of the season.
Cubs trade Campana:
The Cubs traded center fielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two 17-year-old minor-league pitchers.
The 26-year-old Campana was designated for assignment last week when the Cubs signed outfielder Scott Hairston.
For Campana, the Cubs received right-handers Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo. Leal was 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA last year in 14 games for the Diamondbacks’ team in the Dominican Summer League. He struck out 70 and walked 11 in 70 innings. Castillo went 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 appearances for the DSL Diamondbacks last season. He struck out 41 and walked 17 in 46 innings.
The speedy Campana, who stole 30 bases for the Cubs last year, was popular among many fans, but for all his speed he had trouble getting on base and making hard contact at the plate.
He played in 89 games for the Cubs last season and 37 for Class AAA Iowa. For the Cubs, Campana had a hitting line of .264/.308/.299. His lifetime on-base percentage is .306 in 184 major-league games.
“Ultimately you can only protect 40 guys on the roster, and he got caught up in that roster crunch,” Jed Hoyer told reporters. “We have a little bit of depth in the outfield. We have less depth in pitching, which led us to designate Tony for assignment.”Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.