Matt Garza scratched from final start with shoulder soreness

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Brewers right-hander Matt Garza was scratched from his final start of the season tomorrow with shoulder soreness, so rookie Jimmy Nelson will take his place against the Cubs.

That means Garza finishes the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract with a 3.64 ERA in 27 starts and a 126/50 K/BB ratio in 163 innings. Right in line with his career numbers and for the third straight season he’ll fail to crack 170 innings.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.