Garza itching to start throwing program

Garza itching to start throwing program

PHOENIX -- Cubs pitcher Matt Garza won't start throwing until December at the earliest due to a stress reaction in his right elbow. He was shut down after his July 21 start.

Garza will spend the offseason at his California home.

"I still have to get my upper body strength back," the right-hander said. "I haven't thrown a ball. It's been a pain not to do it. I ordered a left-handed glove so I wouldn't do it, so I could go shag [fly balls]."

Garza's contract status also is to be determined. He has one more year of arbitration before he is a free agent. Right now, his focus is on pitching.

"[My contract] is the last thing I have to worry about," he said. "My job right now is to get ready for next season."