The Cubs reported some good news to their fan base earlier this week when it was announced that veteran right hander Matt Garza is set to make a rehab start this up- coming Thursday.
If Garza can pitch 6 innings for the Iowa Cubs, that’s when a decision will be made on when he will make his 2013 debut for the Cubs.
Garza was asked how soon he thinks he can get to Chicago to start pitching meaningful games for the north siders. He replied with: “I’m not looking forward to anything past Thursday.”
He might not be looking forward to anything past Thursday, but Theo Epstein and his boy toy Jed Hoyer certainly should be.
The reason is they need to start showcasing Garza to every major league baseball team that thinks they are one starting pitcher away from making a run at post season play.
If you look up and down this current Cubs 40 man roster, there really isn’t much there that could help pry away a good prospect from a potential contender before the trading deadline.
Two healthy months from Garza could change all that. Before all the injuries hit him last season and then again this spring, Garza was a top of the rotation starter who averaged 207 innings over the course of 4 seasons.
If the Cubs could somehow get Garza to make 8-10 starts in June and July, it could give team Theo a great opportunity to move Garza to a contender and in turn get young players back to help in the near future.