Matt Garza tells Johnny Cueto to 'grow the hell up'

Matt Garza was not pleased with Johnny Cueto on Sunday.
Matt Garza was not pleased with Johnny Cueto on Sunday. (USATSI)

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In Sunday's Cubs-Reds game, Cubs starter Matt Garza hit Reds third baseman Todd Frazier with a pitch following a Jay Bruce home run in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over the head of Cubs leadoff man David DeJesus. And after the game, Garza went off on Cueto to reporters.

"That just goes to show, don't wake a sleeping dog," Garza said (AP). "That's immature on his part. ... If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he's got a problem, he can throw at me, and I'll do the same. Hopefully, he learns to grow the hell up. I hope he hears this. I really don't care. I don't know if there's anything between him and [DeJesus], but I'll stop it. I don't think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don't want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is."

Cueto had left the clubhouse before reporters got a chance to check up with him, but Reds manager Dusty Baker had a response.

“Take care of it, then,” Baker said (cincinnati.com). “You know what I mean? I mean, he couldn’t hit Wilt Chamberlain with that pitch. I haven’t talked to Johnny about it. I don’t think there’s any bad blood between them.”

And more (cincinnati.com):

“Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with. I always said this: let it be like hockey. Let them fight, someone hits the ground and it’s over with. I’m serious about that.”

The Cubs and Reds next face each other for a four-game series June 10-13 in Wrigley Field. Hopefully, Cueto and Garza are still lined up to face off again.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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