Bad news for the Milwaukee Brewers, as they were forced to place starting pitcher Matt Garza on the disabled list due to a rib-cage injury.
Garza was forced to exit a gem of a start this past weekend because of what was believed to be an oblique injury. On Tuesday the team announced the nature of the injury and that Garza will be put on the shelf.
Given the nagging nature of rib-cage muscle strains, it came as no surprise Tuesday when the Brewers placed right-hander Matt Garza on the 15-day disabled list, marking the first significant injury this season to one of the team’s starting pitchers.
As for what happened, Garza said the following about the circumstances around his injury and what could have been in a key divisional game for the Brewers:
Garza felt the muscle grab on the 70th of his 71 pitches against the Cardinals on Sunday, and was forced to exit a one-hit shutout and watch the Cardinals rally for three quick runs against his replacements for a 3-2 Brewers loss.
“It was like, ‘Son of a gun,’” Garza said. “You put a bullpen in that situation where everybody is caught off-guard. Your starter has 70 pitches, nobody assumes he’s coming out.”
At 30 years old, Garza is 7-7 this season with a 3.58 ERA. He signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Brewers this past off-season. In the short term, he will likely be replaced in the rotation by Marco Estrada.