BOSTON _ The news keeps going from bad to worse for the Cubs. Already without 40 percent of their starting rotation, they’ll be without Matt Garza for tomorrow’s Sunday Night Baseball game. Garza has come up with what the Cubs call tightness in his right elbow. He’ll be evaluated Monday in Chicago. The Cubs they aren’t looking at it as anything serious.
“He’s got a little stiffness in his elbow,” manager Mike Quade said. “We’re going to be real careful with this guy. We’re going to skip his start tomorrow and get him some rest and see what happens. It sounds like it’s not something serious. It sounds like he makes his next start. We have the off-day (Monday). We have four guys we can run out there if he needs (more time). I would literally say this is day to day.”
Q said James Russell is the “prohibitive favorite” to start tomorrow night but the game could turn into a bullpen or spring-training-type of game. Randy Wells was an option, but Q said he not ready and “it’s just not the right thing to do.” Wells will start for Class AAA Iowa tomorrow in his second rehab outing.
Zambrano is the pitcher.
Blake DeWitt makes his first career outfield start here at Fenway. “I’m definitely pretty excited about it,” DeWitt said. “It’s definitely one of those parks you dream about playing in. It’s a lot like Wrigley Field. Obviously, the Green Monster is out there. To get your first start out there is pretty neat.”
Cubs pitchers threw 211 pitches in Friday night’s 15-5 loss to the Red Sox. Boston pitchers threw 137. “I felt like I threw every one of them myself,” Q said. “It was tough. That’s what this club can do to you. They grind out at-bats, and they’re tough. If your command is not up to snuff, you run the risk of that happening.”
The pitch-count breakdown last night was: Davis 89, Maine 37, Russell 39 and Samardzija 46.
Class AAA Iowa is getting nice work from catcher Steve Clevenger since his call-up from Tennessee. The I-Cubs beat Tucson 11-10 Friday, erasing a 10-4 deficit. Clevenger hit his second homer. In 7 games at Iowa, Clevenger has a line of .480/.536/.840 on 12-for-25 batting. He has 2 homers and 6 RBI, hitting his second Friday night. In 25 games at Tennessee, Clevenger had a line of .356/.410/.567 with 3 homers and 18 RBI in 25 games. Ramon Ortiz pitched for Iowa Friday, working 5.2 innings and giving up 12 hits and 9 runs (8 earned) while walking one and striking out nine.
Tennessee won its fourth straight, beating Mobile 6-5. Lefty Brooks Raley worked 5.2 innings, giving up 5 hits and four runs. He got a no-decision. Matt Spencer his a pair of homers, giving him 9. Ryan Flaherty extended a hitting streak to five games, going 2-for-3.
Daytona (A) won its third straight, beating Palm Beach 3-2. Nick Struck got the win, going 5 innings and giving up 3 hits and 1 unearned run. He's 5-2 with a 3.89 ERA. Junior Lake hit his third homer and extended his hitting streak to five games.
Peoria (A) beat Clinton 3-1. Greg Rohan (.330) was 2-for-4 with his team-leading 28th RBI.