Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Matt Garza, on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib-cage strain, won’t throw again until he’s pain-free, which means he will likely spend more than the minimum 15 days on the sidelines.
“He didn’t have a setback, but until he is completely pain-free in a bunch of different motions, they’re not going to let him throw,” Roenicke said.
Garza had thrown six one-hit innings at the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 3 when he came out of the game complaining of pain in his side. He went on the disabled list Tuesday.
Garza, 30, signed a four-year contract with Milwaukee in January and is 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.133 WHIP in 23 starts and 145.2 innings, with 104 strikeouts.
But in his last six starts, Garza had just a 2.13 ERA and 0.711 WHIP in 38 innings—even including a clunker at Washington on July 19 in which he was knocked out after allowing five runs while retiring just one batter in the first inning.
Mike Fiers took Garza’s turn in the rotation on Saturday, throwing three-hit ball over eight innings in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.