Matt Garza made what turned out to be his final start of the 2015 season on Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reds. The right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Following the outing, the Brewers decided to shut Garza down for the rest of the season. Manager Craig Counsell said he wants to look at other options, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Garza, 31, ends a disappointing season with a 5.63 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, and a 104/57 K/BB ratio over 148 2/3 innings. The veteran is halfway through a four-year, $50 million contract signed with the Brewers in January 2014. He’ll earn $12.5 million over each of the next two seasons.
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.