MILWAUKEE -- There was a very slim chance Matt Garza could have returned this season, but on Tuesday the Cubs made it official. The right-hander was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and is officially done for the year.
"If he came back, even if everything went great, he might have gotten a start or two and there's no reason to do that," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He's shut down the rest of the season."
Garza has not pitched since July 21 due to a right elbow stress reaction. He was transferred to the 60-day DL to open a spot for pitcher Alex Hinshaw, who was claimed off waivers from the Padres. Although the odds were slim that Garza could return this season, there simply isn't enough time for him to build up arm strength. He has not picked up a baseball, or at least was not supposed to pick up one since he was put on the DL Aug. 7, retroactive to July 28.
"The best move to make is to open up a spot without sacrificing somebody who needs to be up here," Garza said. "This is for the better of the club."
Garza didn't take the news well.
"I'm not fine with it," he said. "I'll never be fine with it, but I kind of have to [accept it]. I've been getting better and working out and I'll stay ready, and when they say it's OK to go, I'll be out there, ready to go."
The move doesn't change the pace of Garza's rehab. He was scheduled for another X-ray in early September. Garza still is not supposed to pick up a baseball.
"I can," he said. "They don't want me to. I was throwing before, and they shut me down."
The good news is he's making progress.
"It feels better every day," he said. "Until they give me the OK [to throw], that's when I'll know how it feels."
Garza finished 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts, his fewest innings since 2007 with the Twins, when he started 15 games. How would he define this season?
"Disappointed," he said. "I wanted to finish it off. I'd like to be the guy who steps out there every five days and be known for that. I've had a little hiccup. I'll come back stronger."