Garza prepares for another kind of delivery

Updated 7/31/2012 11:29 PM

Matt Garza is still a member of the Cubs, but when he pitches next isn't known.

Garza was with his wife Tuesday as she gave birth to a baby girl. When he rejoins the Cubs, he'll resume working his way back to the starting rotation after dealing with right-triceps cramping.

The Cubs had hoped Garza would pitch this weekend in Los Angeles, but it might not be until next Tuesday at San Diego.

Garza has not pitched since July 21, so a backdated disabled-list assignment isn't out of the question.

According to general manager Jed Hoyer, there's little doubt Garza's harmed his trade value.

"It certainly did," Hoyer said. "We did have some dialogue. Some teams were still interested despite the fact that he hasn't pitched. It was hard. It certainly hurt his market because he wasn't going to pitch until after the deadline."

With the trades of Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm, the remaining mainstays of the rotation are Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood. For now, Casey Coleman and Justin Germano will fill the other two spots. Chris Volstad, who began the year with the Cubs, is at Class AAA Iowa.

Roster shuffle:

After the trades of Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto, the Cubs had to fill roster spots for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

In addition to Casey Coleman, catcher Welington Castillo and infielder Adrian Cardenas came up from Iowa. The Cubs will call up another pitcher before Wednesday's game.

Manager Dale Sveum said it's likely Castillo and Steve Clevenger likely would split the catching duties 50-50. Clevenger gave a nod toward Soto.

"I've been in the Cubs organization since '06 and in the big league camp since '08," he said. "He's treated me really well; he's taught me a lot about how to prepare before games and prepare for an opponent."

Old guard gone:

Pitchers Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster were the two "faces" of the Cubs franchise. Wood retired in May, and Dempster was traded Tuesday.

"Very strange," Dempster said. "That's the game, and the business side of things. It's definitely weird that neither of us are playing on the team anymore."

Both players were favorites of former general manager Jim Hendry.

"Kerry comes up to our suite a lot during games, and we always get lot of insight from him," said Jed Hoyer. "I think he's going to be a great part of the organization and the front office going forward.

"There's a reason the organization's kept those guys around a long time. Obviously, Jim understood what they meant to the clubhouse and meant to the team, and I can see why."

• Caitlin Swieca contributed to this report.

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