CHICAGO -- The Cubs traded two of their starting pitchers and had conversations with teams about a third, Matt Garza, as well, general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday.
However, because Garza has not pitched since July 21, teams were hesitant to make a deal. Garza is not expected to start until Aug. 7 in San Diego. The right-hander came out of his last start against the Cardinals after three innings because of cramping in his right triceps. An MRI confirmed the cramping and showed some fluid there, but otherwise was clean.
Hoyer said teams did inquire about Garza prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"Teams ultimately shied away," Hoyer said. "They haven't seen the guy on the mound. It certainly hurt his market."
Garza did throw a bullpen session on Monday, and it went "extremely well," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. The right-hander was able to throw all his pitches, had velocity and looked ready to go.
"He was confident Tuesday seemed like a fair date to think about, anyway," Sveum said. "We'll know more when he throws his next side."