Cubs RHP put Matt Garza on DL
Garza first experienced soreness after a side session on May 19, and he missed his Sunday start in Boston.
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The Cubs called up outfielder Luis Montanez from Triple-A Iowa and made him the starter in right field Tuesday. He went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI as the Cubs routed the Mets 11-1.
"I'm not happy to go on the DL," Garza said. "I fought it, but there is nothing I can do about it. I'd rather be out there 100 percent than put myself in jeopardy or put the team in bigger jeopardy. I'll try to get healthy, come back in a start or two and get after it."
Garza said he had the same type of pain before in his career but was always able to pitch through the discomfort.
"This one is right on the spot that gets used a lot," Garza said. "That is probably why it is so naggy. But structurally we are happy. I'm not happy but it's a great relief as to what it could have been."
Garza was concerned about ligament damage.
"The good news is there is no damage to the ligament," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "The injury was in the area where potentially you could have thought there was some damage to the nerve, which there wasn't. So it's like a deep bone bruise with some inflammation around the joint."
Garza will wait for a go-ahead from team doctors before he picks a ball up again. He and the team hope he can return the weekend of June 3 in St. Louis.
In his first season with the Cubs, Garza is 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA. Going into Tuesday's games, he was tied for sixth in the National League with 68 strikeouts.
Montanez was the Cubs' first-round pick and third overall in 2000, but he's never played for the Cubs in the majors. After playing the last three seasons with the Orioles, Montanez signed a contract with the Cubs during the winter.
The 29-year-old was hitting .369 with five home runs and 43 RBIs at Iowa.
To make room for Montanez on the 40-man roster, right-hander Brian Schlitter was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.
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Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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