Garza looks good in second rehab start

Garza looks good in second rehab start

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Matt Garza gave up one run on four hits over 3 1/3 innings Monday for Triple-A Iowa in his second rehab start, and the next step will be a start for Double-A Tennessee.

Garza threw 54 pitches, 37 strikes, against Oklahoma City on Monday. He is rehabbing from a strained left lat suffered in mid-February in Spring Training, and is expected to make at least two more Minor League outings.

"He was really pumped up, everything went really well," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, who talked to Garza after the outing. "The hits were a blooper, bunt hit, so he was pretty efficient and threw all his pitches 100 percent. His slider was up to 87 mph today. He was getting after it a little bit today."

On Tuesday, Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will make his second rehab outing when he pitches one inning for Double-A Tennessee. Fujikawa struck out two and walked one batter in one inning in his first rehab outing on Sunday for Iowa. The Japanese pitcher is rehabbing from a strained right forearm.

"If everything goes good again, that should be enough," Sveum said of Fujikawa's rehab outings.

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.