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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 (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. Aug 26 - 8:45 PM

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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

Matt Garza said Tuesday that the left oblique strain forcing him to the disabled list is not as serious as the one he had last season.

That's good, considering that he might seven weeks last year. The Brewers are hoping that Garza will only miss the minimum 15 days, but it's far from a guarantee. "It's not as bad as the last one," Garza said. "I have more range of motion; it's easier doing things every day — breathing, coughing, waking up, rolling out of bed. It's a lot easier than it was last year. I don't think it'll be too long, but at the same time, I don't read medicals, either."
Aug 6 - 9:27 AM

Brewers placed RHP Matt Garza on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with a left oblique strain.

As expected. Garza suffered the injury during Sunday's start against the Cardinals and will now get a couple of weeks to recuperate. Marco Estrada appears likely to take his spot in Milwaukee's rotation.
Aug 5 - 2:07 PM

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said on 620WTMJ in Milwaukee on Tuesday that he expects Matt Garza (oblique) to be placed on the disabled list.

Garza left Sunday's start against the Cardinals with a left oblique strain and was examined Monday by Brewers physician William Raasch. Now that it appears the injury will require an extended absence, Marco Estrada figures to get another shot in Milwaukee's rotation.
Aug 5 - 1:33 PM

Matt Garza was removed early from Sunday's start against the Cardinals after tweaking his left oblique.

Garza had fired six innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit before departing. The severity of the injury remains unclear at the moment, but if he were to require a trip to the disabled list it may reopen a spot in the Brewers rotation for Marco Estrada.
Aug 3 - 5:28 PM

Matt Garza held the Rays to one run on five hits over seven innings but settled for a no-decision Tuesday.

Garza has now allowed two runs over his last 15 innings after allowing five while recording just one out against the Nationals on July 19. Unfortunately Alex Cobb matched him frame for frame, depriving Garza of his eighth win. The right-hander walked two while striking out two in the outing. Garza will carry a 3.74 ERA into his next start, Tuesday against the Giants.
Jul 29 - 10:11 PM

Matt Garza tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Mets en route to a win on Thursday.

Garza had a nightmarish outing last Saturday against the Nationals, but bounced back nicely against the Mets. He made only one damaging mistake, serving up a solo home run to Lucas Duda in the seventh. Overall, he allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four. The right-hander now owns a 3.87 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 98/41 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Rays on the road in his next start.
Jul 24 - 10:51 PM

Matt Garza was shelled for five earned runs and recorded only one out Saturday in a loss to the Nationals.

Marco Estrada came on in relief of Garza in the bottom of the first inning and wound up pitching through the sixth. Garza gave up four singles, a double, and walked two in what was by far his shortest start of the season. The right-hander will look to bounce back in his next scheduled outing at home versus the Mets.
Jul 19 - 10:26 PM

After starting off with six hitless innings, Matt Garza took a loss Thursday against the Phillies, surrendering two runs in 7 2/3 innings.

Those two runs scored after he was pulled in the eighth, and the Phillies went on to have a seven-run inning against Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler. Garza lost the no-hitter when Jimmy Rollins delivered the first of two singles in the seventh. He allowed three hits in all.
Jul 10 - 5:45 PM

Depth Charts

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