Matt Garza enters 2017 in a contract year, something both sides will no doubt be happy about. The two worst seasons of Garza's career have come on the hapless Brewers squads of the past two years. In that span, Garza has allowed a brutal 5.18 ERA and 34 home runs over 250.1 innings with a sub-2.0 K/BB. Garza's velocity was at its lowest average ever last year at 92.2 mph, but that's still within a point of his career norm. At 33 years old, it's entirely possible Garza has simply run out of gas. His swinging-strike rate has dropped to 7.8 percent the past two seasons. Perhaps the only reason to believe in a Garza renaissance is the possibility of a trade should he show well to begin the season -- Garza desperately wants to play for a contender, and Milwaukee won't be one in 2017.
Garza (groin) lasted four innings en route to a no-decision Monday against the Reds, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out four. Activated earlier in the day after recovering from his injury, Garza was a bit rusty in his season debut and needed 93 pitches to labor through four frames. He allowed a three-run homer to Scott Schebler in the third but was not charged for any of the tallies, since an Orlando Arcia error prolonged the inning, which perhaps played a part in his removal just four outs later. Garza will be leaned upon as a veteran on an otherwise inexperienced pitching staff and will hope to post a more effective performance in a favorable matchup against the Braves on Sunday.
Garza (groin) was activated from the disabled list Monday. Garza missed the start of the season due to his groin injury, but he's ready to join the big-league squad after making two rehab starts. He will jump right into the starting rotation and take the ball Monday night against the Reds.
Garza (groin) will be activated from the disabled list Monday and will jump right into the Brewers' rotation that evening against the Reds. Garza opened the year on the disabled list after suffering his groin injury, but he is ready to make his season debut after making it through two rehab starts without any setbacks. Garza will take the rotation spot of Tommy Milone, who will move back into the bullpen role he opened the year in.
Garza (groin) is set to be activated from the disabled list in the coming days, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Garza has pitched in two minor-league games without any issues during his rehab assignment, clearing the way for him to return to the majors. The Brewers have yet to announce a possible corresponding move, though that should become evident in the coming days. It would seem likely that Garza would rejoin the Brewers' rotation upon activation, but Milwaukee hasn't confirmed anything yet and his 5.18 ERA over the last two seasons (44 starts, 250.1 innings) could influence manager Craig Counsell's decision.
Garza (groin) had his rehab assignment transferred from Triple-A Colorado Springs to Low-A Wisconsin on Monday. Garza made his first rehab start April 12 with Colorado Springs, surrendering one run on two hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four batters. While the veteran right-hander didn't incur any setbacks during that outing, the Brewers may have just wanted him to make what's expected to be his final rehab start closer to home before he rejoins the team in Milwaukee in advance of the weekend series with the Cardinals. He's expected to surpass the 75-pitch mark in his start with Wisconsin on Monday and should make his next turn with the Brewers if all goes well.
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