Matt Garza expected to resume throwing by Saturday

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Matt Garza’s rehab from a strained lat muscle was put on hold this week after he was scratched from his first start with Double-A Tennessee due to what was termed as a “dead arm,” but it sounds like it was only a minor setback.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times this afternoon that Garza is expected to resume throwing by Saturday. If all goes well, he could make a minor league rehab start by the end of next week.

“It sounds like it’s just soreness, just normal stuff,” Sveum said. “Hopefully that continues.”

Garza began experiencing some symptoms after he threw a simulated game and a bullpen session last weekend in Milwaukee, but the Cubs are confident that his issue is muscular in nature and not structural. Either way, while he was initially aiming to return by the middle of next month, late-May now looks like the best-case scenario.

Garza, an impending free agent, was limited to just 18 starts last season due to a stress reaction in his right elbow. He’ll need prove his health in order for the rebuilding Cubs to generate any trade interest.

Half of MLB video review challenges led to overturned calls

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NEW YORK — Just over half of the 1,261 video review challenges made by teams in the major leagues were successful this season.

Major League Baseball said Monday that 633 calls challenged by clubs were overturned, which comes to 50.2%. There were 240 calls confirmed and 388 allowed to stand – where there was not enough evidence to confirm or overturn.

Going into the final three days of the season, the New York Mets led with a 77.8% success rate, followed by St. Louis (62.2%) and Cleveland (61%).

Oakland (38.5%) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (39.5%) were the least successful.

In addition, there were 173 crew chief reviews initiated by umpires. MLB said 35 were overturned, a 20.2% rate. Seventy-seven calls were confirmed and 40 were allowed to stand. Of the crew chief reviews, seven were for rules checks and 14 for record-keeping.