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Left oblique strain forces Matt Garza to leave Sunday's start

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Matt Garza figures to be out a while with an oblique strain.
Matt Garza figures to be out a while with an oblique strain. (USATSI)

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Brewers right-hander Matt Garza was forced to exit Sunday's start with a left oblique strain, the team announced. He still needs to undergo tests, so the severity of the injury and a timetable for his return are unknown at this time.

Garza, 30, threw only 71 pitches across six scoreless innings before leaving the game. The bullpen blew his 2-0 lead almost immediately and Milwaukee lost 3-2 to the Cardinals (box score). St. Louis took two of three from the Brewers over the weekend and they are now one game back in the NL Central.

In 22 starts and 139 2/3 innings coming into Sunday, Garza was 7-7 with a 3.74 ERA. The six scoreless innings now have him sitting on a 3.58 ERA. He allowed only one hit and struck out four before getting hurt.

The Garza out, the Brewers figure to put Marco Estrada back into the rotation. He is 7-6 with a 4.83 ERA and an MLB-high 27 home runs allowed this season. Needless to say, losing Garza for any length of time would be a big blow.

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