The only starting pitcher the Cubs have had this year that’s been any good is now going to miss his scheduled start on Sunday and visit a doctor. He’ll have an MRI and knowing the Cubs luck will probably be out for the next 19 years.
BOSTON – Believe it or not, the Cubs’ starting pitching went from worst to even worse than that today with the news that Matt Garza’s been scratched from Sunday’s start because of “tightness’’ in his pitching elbow.
Garza, a 15-game winner for Tampa Bay a year ago, is scheduled to be examined by team doctor Stephen Gryzlo on Monday, and likely will also have an MRI then.
“It sounds like it’s not something serious,’’ manager Mike Quade said. “It sounds like he makes his next start. And we have the off day [Monday] to work with. We can give him an extra day if we need. So it’s literally day-to-day.’’
The bottom line is the Cubs have no way of knowing how serious this will become or how long it will sideline one of the top strikeout pitchers in the majors, at least until Monday.