Garza throws off mound for first time since February

PITTSBURGH -- Cubs pitcher Matt Garza threw 25 pitches in Mesa, Ariz., on Thursday, the first time he's thrown off the mound since he ended a live batting practice session on Feb. 17.

Garza, who has been sidelined since that February workout with a strained left lat, was scheduled to join the Cubs in Atlanta this weekend to be re-evaluated. The right-hander is on the disabled list, and not expected to return until May.

If he passes all the tests, Garza will have another bullpen session on Sunday.

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