SAN DIEGO -- With the loss of Matt Garza and the trades of Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm, the Cubs have been forced to tap into their Minor League system. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday's start for left-hander Brooks Raley was not a one-time thing.
"He's a guy who can do things with a baseball with command and a four-pitch guy who you have to give a look at for the last seven weeks of the season," Sveum said.
As expected, the Cubs placed Garza on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to July 28, with a right elbow stress reaction and selected the contract of Raley from Triple-A Iowa. Raley made his Major League debut Tuesday against the Padres.
Garza, 28, was 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts, and most likely is done for the season.
Raley, who will wear No. 43, was a sixth-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M, where he was a unanimous All Big 12 first-team selection in 2009. He was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July after posting a 2.12 ERA in five starts.