Matt Garza Injury: Updates on Brewers Pitcher's Thumb and Return

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IApril 30, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza, center, gets a pat on the back from catcher Jonathan Lucroy while leaving a baseball game due to an injury as manager Ron Roenicke, left, stands by during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Updates from Friday, May 2

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Todd Rosiak has an update on Garza:

Updates from Thursday, May 1

Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the latest update on Matt Garza's thumb and if he'll make his next scheduled start: 

Updates from Wednesday, April 30

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel provides an update on Matt Garza's thumb:

Original Text:

After allowing five earned runs to the St. Louis Cardinals through three innings on Wednesday afternoon, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza was pulled from the game clenching his pitching hand.   

The injury was reported as a right thumb contusion, per the Brewers' official Twitter account:

Tim Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the injury might have been sustained on a hard liner during the game:

Garza signed with the Brewers in the offseason after spending last season with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. He combined to finish with a 10-6 record, 3.82 ERA and 136 strikeouts last season.

His numbers have been slightly higher this season, going 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA and just 26 strikeouts through five starts.

Play-by-play announcer Joe Block notes Garza's exit is the first time a starter has left the mound this early all season:

Currently the No. 3 starter for Milwaukee, Garza's injury is a significant one for a team that doesn't necessarily have a true ace on the team. While his numbers haven't been the best on the team thus far, losing him for an extended period could hurt one of the best teams in baseball against a tough National League Central division.

If Garza were to miss a start, the Brewers would have to find a spot starter for either the Arizona Diamondbacks or New York Yankees, two teams that have several sluggers in their lineups.

The extent of Garza's injury has yet to be released, but any news on his condition will be added to this story.


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