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Matt Garza | Starting Pitcher

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Garza has been scratched from Friday's start against the Cubs with right shoulder tightness.
The announcement came about an hour after the Brewers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Garza will finish his season at 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 27 starts. He'll make $12.5 million in each of the next three seasons. Jimmy Nelson will start in his place Friday. Sep 25 - 5:32 PM

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Matt Garza was ejected from Saturday's game in the fifth inning for hitting Andrew McCutchen with a pitch after warnings were issued.

McCutchen was originally hit in the third, and Edinson Volquez appeared to retaliate when he took aim at Ryan Braun in the fourth, though he missed him. Warnings were issued then, and while Garza probably didn't want to hit McCutchen again in the fifth, umpire Marty Foster tossed him anyway. Garza had thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out six at that point, though since he was already at 86 pitches, he probably wasn't going to last beyond the sixth tonight.
Sep 20 - 9:21 PM

Matt Garza held the Reds to one run over six innings in a win Sunday.

Garza allowed just four hits while walking three, with Todd Frazier's solo home run serving as the Reds' only run against him. He also struck out six over his six innings. Between injury and ineffectiveness, the win was Garza's first since July 24. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 3.74 ERA, and he'll square off with the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Sep 14 - 6:02 PM

Matt Garza lasted only four innings in a no-decision against the Marlins Tuesday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits.

On the plus side, Garza did strike out seven in the start, part of the reason his pitch count was at 84 pitches after four innings. It was just his second start since coming off the disabled list, so the fact that he's still building up stamina also contributed to the brief outing. With Jimmy Nelson moving to the bullpen Garza will remain in the Brewers' five-man rotation, with his next start coming Sunday against the Reds.
Sep 10 - 12:31 AM

Matt Garza couldn't stop the Brewers' slide, allowing six runs in three innings on Wednesday in a loss against the Cubs.

The Brewers have now lost eight games in a row, and the Cardinals won, so they are now three games out of first place in the NL Central. Garza yielded eight hits -- including a two-run home run to Chris Valaika -- while walking one and striking out three. It was his first start since August 3; not exactly the return Garza envisioned. He'll take a 3.87 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 107/44 K/BB ratio into a start at home against the Marlins on Monday.
Sep 3 - 11:26 PM

Brewers activated RHP Matt Garza from the 15-day disabled list.

Garza will return to the Brewers' starting rotation on Wednesday at Wrigley Field after missing about a month with a left oblique strain. He was in a groove before the injury and should be a decent source of fantasy value down the stretch. The 30-year-old righty has a 3.58 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 104/43 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings this season.
Sep 1 - 8:38 AM

Matt Garza (oblique) has been cleared to rejoin the Brewers' rotation Wednesday versus the Cubs.

Garza, out since August 4 with a left oblique strain, threw all of his pitches in a successful simulated game Friday evening in San Francisco. Jimmy Nelson was optioned to the minors on Saturday afternoon and will return as a reliever when rosters expand, freeing up a rotation spot for Garza.
Aug 30 - 6:00 PM

Matt Garza (oblique) threw a successful simulated game on Friday, and was able to use all of his pitches effectively.

The Brewers have been hopeful that he would be able to rejoin the rotation without needing a minor league rehab assignment, and this is a huge step in that direction. With Mike Fiers pitching exceptionally, it's anticipated that he will bump Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen upon his return.
Aug 29 - 8:51 PM

Matt Garza (oblique) could rejoin the Brewers' rotation without making a rehab start.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that Garza's next step would be to begin a rehab assignment, but apparently it might not be necessary. The Brewers are expected to officially make a decision Wednesday regarding the right-hander's next step, which will either be a rehab start or a simulated game. Either way, he could be activated sometime next week. Jimmy Nelson is likely to be bumped to the bullpen.
Aug 26 - 8:45 PM

Matt Garza's (oblique) next step is to begin a rehab assignment.

It's not clear when or where that rehab assignment will begin, but Garza threw a bullpen session on Sunday and that was apparently enough to convince the Brewers he was ready for game action. The veteran right-hander has been on the shelf since early August with a left oblique strain.
Aug 26 - 8:29 PM

Matt Garza (oblique) threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday.

Garza was able to mix in all of his pitches and didn't feel anything in his strained oblique. He's expected to go harder in his next session on Tuesday and looks to be nearing a minor league rehab assignment.
Aug 24 - 6:02 PM

Matt Garza (oblique) long-tossed on Monday and Tuesday with no issues.

The Brewers aren't sure whether he'll go out on a rehab assignment before returning. An early September return is the hope for Garza. "We've talked about it. He may. It's either that or a simulated game," manager Ron Roenicke said of a potential rehab assignment. "We want to see how everything works out, schedule-wise, and what's best to do at that point. We're a little bit fortunate that if it's September, which we're thinking it is [going to be], we don't have to have him go a certain length to really be important like you would normally because you'd burn up your bullpen. If we have some extra arms [among September call-ups], we feel if he goes three innings, he goes three innings. Wherever we need him to go."
Aug 19 - 11:14 PM

Matt Garza (oblique) played catch in the outfield before Friday's game.

It's the first time that he's done so since hitting the disabled list with a strained oblique, so it's a first step in the right direction toward a return to the Brewers rotation. He's expected to remain sidelined until early September.
Aug 15 - 6:53 PM

Matt Garza (oblique) has yet to be cleared to resume throwing.

The good news is that he reported improvement with his strained left oblique Tuesday. Garza is eligible to return over the weekend, but obviously he won't be ready at that time. The righty seems likely to be out until late August or early September.
Aug 12 - 6:56 PM

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke conceded Sunday that Matt Garza (oblique) won't be ready to return from the disabled list when first eligible.

The Brewers said they were hopeful a week ago when Garza was first placed on the DL that he could be back in two weeks, but reality has set in. The right-hander has yet to resume throwing and isn't expected to do so for at least a few more days. It wouldn't be a surprise if Garza is held out until September.
Aug 10 - 12:49 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
3Matt Pagnozzi
1B1Mark Reynolds
2Lyle Overbay
3Matt Clark
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Rickie Weeks
3Elian Herrera
SS1Jean Segura
2Jeff Bianchi
3B1Aramis Ramirez
2Jason Rogers
LF1Khris Davis
2Gerardo Parra
3Logan Schafer
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Ryan Braun
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yovani Gallardo
2Kyle Lohse
3Matt Garza
4Wily Peralta
5Mike Fiers
6Jimmy Nelson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Jonathan Broxton
3Will Smith
4Zach Duke
5Brandon Kintzler
6Jeremy Jeffress
7Tom Gorzelanny
8Marco Estrada
9Wei-Chung Wang
10Rob Wooten
11Jim Henderson
12Tyler Thornburg