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.
After Ryan Vogelsong's ugly performance in Toronto on Wednesday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Vogelsong is not guaranteed to take his scheduled turn in the rotation on Monday. Vogelsong was hammered again and pitched only two innings, his shortest start with the Giants. Although Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan committed errors that contributed mightily to Vogelsong's line - eight runs, three earned - the right-hander showed no signs of improvement and allowed four runs on homers by Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia. Once again, Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti are faced with a difficult conversation and question: Should they pull Vogelsong and his 8.06 ERA from the rotation? The decision will be made in the next few days.