Club wants Garza to go deeper in Thursday's start

Cubs right-hander set to pitch for Triple-A Iowa in fourth rehab outing

Club wants Garza to go deeper in Thursday's start

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will make his fourth Minor League rehab start on Thursday, pitching for Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs hope the right-hander, on the disabled list because of a strained left lat suffered in a Spring Training workout Feb. 17, will be able to go deeper in the game and throw 85-95 pitches.

In his last outing for Double-A Tennessee on Saturday, Garza threw 66 pitches over 3 1/3 innings.

"I've been throwing strikes, I've been working on things I need to work on," Garza said. "It's all piecing together. I feel fine and am excited about Thursday."

"It's only going to get better when we get him back here," Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. "Obviously, we want him to be healthy, and that's the most important thing."

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