MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that free agent pitcher Matt Garza will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The injury was apparently sustained back in June when he collided with then-teammate Jesus Aguilar on a play at the first base bag.
Garza, 34, finished the season with a 4.94 ERA and a 79/45 K/BB ratio in 114 2/3 innings. McCalvy indicates that the injury and subsequent surgery may nudge Garza to retire from baseball.
Garza just completed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers during which he compiled a 4.65 ERA in 93 starts and three relief appearances.
Former Brewers teammate Jimmy Nelson also underwent surgery for a torn labrum in September, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache — the same doctor who will operate on Garza. GM David Stearns expects Nelson to miss a “chunk” of the 2018 season. That seems to indicate that Garza would miss most or all of the 2018 season as his surgery will come several months after Nelson’s.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.