Garza scheduled to long toss Friday

Garza scheduled to long toss Friday

After being scratched from his Wednesday rehab start with Double-A Tennessee due to what the organization called a "dead arm," Matt Garza is scheduled for long toss Friday.

"Sounded like everything is just soreness," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said before Thursday's game with the Marlins in Miami, the first of a four-game series. "He'll toss it up a little tomorrow."

The scratch was a setback in Garza's return from a strained left lat sustained on Feb. 17.

Chicago will see how long toss goes before scheduling a bullpen session for Garza and then ultimately another rehab start.

When asked if Garza would get another start within a week, Sveum said, "I would imagine."

Garza has not pitched in a Major League game since July 21, 2012, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sveum feels Garza could give his rotation, already a strength of the club, a major lift whenever he is able to come back. Cubs starters have posted a 2.97 ERA, which is tied for second-lowest in the National League with Atlanta, behind the Cards.

"When you get one of the better pitchers back in the National League in a rotation that's already obviously throwing the heck out of the ball and doing a great job, it enhances [the rotation] even more," he said.

David Furones is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.