Cubs activate Matt Garza for first start in 10 months

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As expected the Cubs activated Matt Garza from the disabled list to face the Pirates tonight, which will be his first start since being shut down with elbow problems last July.

His recovery from the elbow injury was delayed by a lat injury suffered during spring training, which is how he ended up missing 10 months without undergoing a surgery.

Garza threw six shutout innings in a rehab start last week and stretched out to 75 pitches, so he should be good for 90 or so tonight unless the Pirates knock him around early.

Garza’s return means that Carlos Villanueva is headed to the bullpen after posting a 3.93 ERA in eight starts.

Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

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Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.

Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.

It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.