Right-hander Matt Garza is off the disabled list and back in the Brewers’ rotation after missing the past two weeks with shoulder tendinitis.
Garza missed the minimum 15 days, which is noteworthy because the Brewers would clearly love to trade him before July 31 if possible and this gives him a chance to make two starts prior to the deadline.
Of course, it may be a moot point. Garza had a 5.55 ERA in 17 starts before going on the disabled list, was good but not great in 27 starts last season, and is owed $12 million in both 2016 and 2017. No matter how he looks in the past 10 days, Milwaukee would almost surely have to eat a big chunk of that remaining money to move Garza for anything resembling a prospect.
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik González. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.
The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and González were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.
The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.