Cubs' rotation in flux; RHP Garza scratched
Chicago manager Mike Quade said Sunday's series finale against the Boston Red Sox may have a bit of preseason look after scheduled starter Matt Garza was scratched with stiffness in his pitching elbow.
''The options are that it's like a spring training game,'' Quade said before Saturday's game against the Red Sox.
Quade said Garza felt fine after his side session two days ago before feeling some stiffness on Friday.
''We've got to be careful with this guy,'' Quade said.
Garza is expected to be checked out on Monday. The club was uncertain who would start Sunday, but Quade indicated that left-handed reliever James Russell was the leading candidate.
Russell pitched three shutout innings of relief in Friday's 15-5 loss.
''I'd say on Preakness Day, Russell's the prohibitive favorite,'' Quade said.
Garza (2-4), who won 15 games with Tampa Bay last season, was acquired in a trade during the offseason. He signed a $5.95 million, 1-year deal with the Cubs in January, avoiding arbitration a week after being traded.