Garza to be re-evaluated with sore right arm

Garza to be re-evaluated with sore right arm

CINCINNATI -- The Cubs will re-examine pitcher Matt Garza on Wednesday to determine the next step for the right-hander, who was scratched from his scheduled rehab outing because of soreness in his right arm.

Garza had been scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches on Wednesday at Double-A Tennessee. He is coming back from a strained left lat suffered Feb. 17 during a live batting practice session in Mesa, Ariz., which kept him from pitching in Spring Training.

Last Friday, he threw a two-inning simulated game at Miller Park, and followed that with a bullpen session Sunday.

"There was nothing going on after that bullpen that day," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday. "Hopefully, it's just routine normal soreness, dead arm, whatever you want to call it."

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the good news is that Garza's problems have nothing to do with his right elbow, which limited him to 18 games last season.

"It's all muscular, nothing structural," Hoyer said late Tuesday. "We'll give him a couple days, throw a bullpen and get him right back on schedule."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.