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Garza says he's ready to rejoin Cubs

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  • Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson recorded his first quality start since April 25, working 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in a 3-2 loss to the Mets on Friday at Wrigley Field.

      Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson recorded his first quality start since April 25, working 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in a 3-2 loss to the Mets on Friday at Wrigley Field.
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Matt Garza sounds like he's ready to force the issue.

Garza made his fourth injury-rehab start a good one Thursday night, tossing 6 innings of 2-hit shutout ball and getting a win for Class AAA Iowa.

Now, Garza says he's ready to come off the disabled list and pitch for the Cubs.

"I don't need another start down here," Garza told the Des Moines Register. "There's no reason for me to stay in the minor leagues.

"They might differ on opinion, but I think all in all, it comes down to what I want and the way I feel. The organization -- they're going to make the call at the end of the day but I think we're going to collaborate and come to some sort of compromise."

It's too early to say if push will come to shove on this issue. Cubs manager Dale Sveum was taking a wait-and-see approach.

"We'll see how he does when he comes in later today, and we'll talk about it tomorrow morning after his side (session) and see where we are," Sveum said. "He did what we asked him to do, that's for sure. We'll see how he feels, how his side goes and go from there. We'll sit down and talk and come up with a decision."

The Cubs might want Garza to make one more rehab start to push his pitch count toward 100 for one game. He reached 75 Thursday. Garza is on the mend from a strained left-lat muscle, an injury he suffered in spring training.

When Garza comes back, the Cubs will have a decision to make about their rotation. Sveum said earlier this week he might consider a six-man rotation for a week. Even if the Cubs do that, they'll have to take one pitcher out of the rotation and put him in the bullpen. That likely will be Carlos Villanueva.

Silver linings:

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson turned in his first quality start since April 25. In the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Mets on Friday, he worked 6 innings and gave up 7 hits and 3 runs.

Even though Jackson has lost 6 of his first 7 decisions and has a 5.76 ERA, he said he's made some mechanical adjustments that have helped.

"I've been feeling pretty good mechanically," he said. "I've been able to come out and get in a rhythm early. Regardless how I feel, regardless how I look, the objective is to come out and win the game. We battled today, but we came up short."

Jackson was asked if he's been better than his numbers indicate.

"Some games, some games not," he replied. "There have been a couple tough losses, whether it's been from errors or whether it's from whatever it may be."

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