Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides on update on Matt Garza's injury from manager Ron Roenicke:
Matt Garza's simulated game went well, according to Ron Roenicke. Threw everything, even broke a couple of Mark Reynolds' bats.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) August 30, 2014
Roenicke: "He's ready to go. We'll wait to see how he is tomorrow, make sure there's no ill effects, because he did get after it."— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) August 30, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Todd Rosiak of the Journal Sentinel reported on Matt Garza's recovery and potential return:
Kyle Lohse made his return Monday night in San Diego after being skipped his previous turn due to an injured ankle. And with Matt Garza's return still cautiously being eyed for sometime next week, something will have to give in the next week to 10 days.
"We'll wait because things change so much," manager Ron Roenicke said of a timetable. "Obviously a few days away, you start talking about it. We're not quite there yet."
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel provides an update on Matt Garza's status from Brewers manager Ron Roenicke:
He's not (going to throw) and time soon," said Roenicke. "Now, I don't know what that means but the next few days he's not going to throw.
"He didn't have a setback but until he is completely pain-free with different motions, they're not going to let him throw. He has treatments in here. They're going to start doing some (plyometrics) with him, which means holding a ball and throwing it against this little thing, but not playing catch.
"It's not looking good (for coming off the DL in 15 days). I don't want to even put a number on that. It could be more than that, I don't know.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Matt Garza was officially placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, MLB Roster Moves confirmed:
The team confirmed the injury on Twitter:
Matt Garza left today's game with a left oblique strain.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 3, 2014
Before exiting the game, the 30-year-old had been on a roll, giving up one hit and striking out four in six innings, so the timing of his departure left many Brewers fans scratching their heads.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Milwaukee kept the reason private for some time, leading many to question manager Ron Roenicke:
For those who continue (and continue) to ask, we have been given no reason for Matt Garza being removed from game. If get one, will say.— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 3, 2014
According to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, Garza made the final decision, and that was the end of that:
Matt Garza took himself out of the game today with a left rib-cage strain. Said there was no discussion of him continuing— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 3, 2014
The timing of the injury couldn't be much worse. With the Brewers' 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, St. Louis moved to within a game of the lead in the National League Central. Losing a starting pitcher, even if only for a start or two, can make a difference in the stretch run.
As Haudricourt pointed out, oblique strains can be hard to predict in terms of recovery time:
Matt Garza will be examined to determine severity of left oblique strain. He hopes they caught it in time but those are tricky injuries.— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 3, 2014
Garza's absence won't necessarily mean that Milwaukee will suddenly collapse and tumble down the standings. The longer the Brewers are without him, though, holding off the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes that much more difficult.
The veteran has made 23 starts this season (7-7) and sports an ERA of 3.58 and 104 strikeouts. If he can avoid an extended absence, he should be able to continue his quality campaign.