Sveum was expected to chose between Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza for the assignment on April 5 against the Nationals. Washington has picked Stephen Strasburg as its starter for the season opener. Did that influence Sveum's decision?
"Maybe," Sveum said.
Garza started Thursday against the Rangers and gave up three runs, all unearned, on two hits and three walks over five innings. What if Sveum picks him for the opener?
"I'm just excited to go play," Garza said. "If it's 'Demp,' me, [Jeff Samardzija], [Chris Volstad], [Rodrigo Lopez], [Trey] McNutt even, it doesn't bother me. Crazy stuff can happen. I'm not bashing anyone, but it doesn't bother me. As long as I'm one of the five and I get the ball in Wrigey, I'm not too concerned about it."
The right-hander said he feels a little ahead of schedule at this point, especially with his breaking ball. This will be Garza's second season with the Cubs and his goal remains the same.
"October -- that's it," he said. "We get to October then all the personal stuff will come with it. To me, team accolades are way more important. Getting us to a place where we need to be, where we should be. Getting back to October and fighting for the pennant."