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.
Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.
Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.