Matt Garza Ready To Return To Cubs

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Matt Garza should make his 2013 Cubs debut next week after a successful rehab start at Triple-A Des Moines on Thursday night. Garza worked six shutout innings allowing two hits, walking none and striking out six in a 1-0 win over Tucson. Garza, who has been recovering from a strained left lat muscle will have about two months to work before the July 31 trade deadline, when the Cubs must decide whether to deal him or hang on to him in the hope of signing him to an extension. Unless  Cubs management decides to wait, look for Garza to start next week in Pittsburgh. 

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • David Price (triceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Alex Torres was recalled to take Price's place and look for the Rays to recall Jake Odorizzi or Chris Archer to make a start as well.
  • Roy Halladay underwent surgery to remove a bone spur and repair his torn right rotator cuff. Halladay plans to return throwing in 6-8 weeks and is confident that he will be back in the Phillies rotation at some point in 2013.
  • Ryan Vogelsong will make his next scheduled start on Monday against the Nationals. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was considering replacing Vogelsong, but Bochy is going to give him another start. Vogelsong has an 8.06 ERA and has not won a game since April 11.
  • Jonny Venters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday afternoon. This is the second time Venters has had the procedure in his career. It will be a long road back for him.
  • Tommy Hanson could be back in the Angels rotation on May 25. Hanson has been out since the death of his step-brother earlier this month.
  • Andy Pettitte left Thursday's game with a tight left trapezius muscle. The Yankees announced later that they are not that concerned about the injury which is good news. We should learn more about the injury today.
  • Justin Verlander had his shortest outing in three years on Thursday night. He pitched 2 2/3 innings and he allowed eight runs. It was surprising to watch Verlander get rocked by the Rangers. Look for Verlander to rebound in his next start.
  • Stephen Strasburg earned his second victory of the season Thursday night at San Diego. He pitched a career-high eight innings and allowed just one earned run and three hits with four strikeouts.
  • Cameron Maybin took swings in the cage Thursday for the first time since injuring his right wrist on April 15. He is making progress but that is about it right now.
  • Jarrod Dyson (ankle) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Royals recalled David Lough from Omaha to take Dyson's spot. Dyson hurt his ankle when he climbed the wall to try and catch a home run hit by Mike Trout.