Cubs starter Matt Garza felt good enough to joke about being hit in the ribs by a Jeff Francoeur line drive after the fact.
"It's all right," Garza told reporters (via MLB.com's Carrie Muskat on Twitter). "I've got tattoos all over my ribs."
Instead of being jabbed millions of times by a tiny needle, Garza was drilled instead by a baseball.
Garza fell to his knees after getting hit, while shortstop Starlin Castro alertly picked the ball up and got Francoeur at first. Garza then got Alex Gordon to strike out and Brayan Pena to fly out, to finish out the inning. Although he was scheduled to go three innings today, Garza understandably left after two. He gave up one hit and threw 26 pitches.
Garza wasn't having the best day to begin with, forgetting to pack his jersey in his bag before leaving the Cubs' home of HoHoKam Park in Mesa for the Royals' Surprise Stadium. He wore an extra jersey the team packs for such occasions, wearing No. 94 instead of his usual No. 17.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
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