Matt Garza will not take the mound Sunday night at Fenway Park in the series finale between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox.
In yet another blow to an already ailing starting rotation, it was reported Saturday that Garza is experiencing some tightness in his right (throwing) elbow. Mike Quade remains positive and is hopeful the hurler will miss just the one start.
If Garza misses any more time, the Cubs could fall out of things awfully fast as Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells are already on the rotation. If a DL stint is in Garza’s future, that will make 60 percent of Chicago’s rotation injured and missing time.
James Russell is likely to get the start on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, the third straight nationally televised game for the Cubs-Red Sox. Quade will likely treat the rest of the game as a bullpen day.
Garza will meet with the team doctor Monday when the team returns to Chicago.