Milwaukee has placed right-hander Matt Garza on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle suffered during yesterday’s start against St. Louis.
Garza was cruising along through six shutout, one-hit innings on just 71 pitches when he got hurt and given the nature of oblique strain recovery timetables he’s unlikely to pitch again before September.
He’s pitched well for the Brewers in the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract, starting 23 games with a 3.58 ERA and 104/43 K/BB ratio in 146 innings while holding opponents to a .226 batting average. However, this will be the third consecutive season in which Garza has missed extended time with an injury, as he logged 104 innings in 2012 and 155 innings in 2013.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.