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Injury forces exit for Cubs' Garza

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ST. LOUIS (AP)

Matt Garza made such an early exit, there was speculation in the stands and on the Internet that he'd had been traded.

The right-hander is still with the Chicago Cubs, and plenty frustrated after witnessing a bullpen debacle from the dugout four innings after exiting with cramping in his triceps.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored all of their runs in the seventh, tying a major league record with seven doubles in a 12-0 victory Saturday night.

''If that's what they thought,'' Garza said of the rumors, ''it'll take a lot more to pull me out of that game than a trade. They're going to have to wait `till I'm done.''

The injury doesn't appear to be serious, but sure left him feeling guilty.

''You prep to go and you just can't,'' Garza said. ''I feel like I let my guys down. I know they're going to say I didn't, but that's my job.''

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Garza felt tightness working his third scoreless inning, went straight to the indoor batting cage after the third out to try to loosen up, and started cramping. A team trainer told Garza it was ''not worth the risk'' trying to continue pitching.

The Cubs added to the intrigue by waiting until the bottom of the sixth to provide an injury update. Precautionary X-rays were negative to eliminate potential elbow woes and Garza, who didn't have the arm wrapped after the game and said it only felt tight, is hopeful of making his next start.

''Nothing was wrong, everything was fine,'' manager Dale Sveum said.

Like teammate Ryan Dempster, Garza is not sure who'll he'll be pitching for.

Garza said he was more concerned about his wife being home pregnant and due to deliver a son than changing teams.

''The trade thing, I'm not so concerned about that,'' Garza said. ''I'd rather go out there and throw eight or nine (innings) than come in here and say `I can't throw the ball.

''I've got to get ready for the next one.''

Tagged: Cubs, Justin Germano, Matt Garza

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