Until further notice, the Cubs’ pitching rotation looks like this: Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Chris Volstad, Justin Germano and Brooks Raley. That’s the result of the latest injury news: Matt Garza will be out indefinitely because of what the Cubs told reporters in San Diego is a “stress reaction” in the back of the right elbow.
Garza will not be able to pick up a ball for at least another two weeks, and it’s likely that he’ll be out for the rest of the season. As GM Jed Hoyer told the writers out in San Diego, it’s more than likely Garza will open next year as a member of the Cubs. No sense trying to trade him when his health is an unknown factor.
"He's likely to be a member of the Cubs in 2013," Hoyer told reporters. "And we're excited to have him. (Trading him) is the last thing we're thinking of. We're just trying to get this guy healthy."
Raley was a sixth-rounder in 2009, and he got over-slot money coming out of Texas A&M. The Cubs named him their minor league pitcher of the month for July, when he went 0-4, but with an ERA of 2.12.
"He's a guy who can pitch in and out -- cutter, two-seamer, four-seamer, nothing overpowering," manager Dale Sveum told reporters. "He's not going to probably strike a lot of guys out. He's going to pitch to contact. His command is pretty good, his mound presence is outstanding. His breaking ball [is good], he has a plus changeup. He's a lot like Travis Wood with a breaking ball a work in progress."
In our “take” for Tuesday’s paper, we’ll talk about the future being now for the Cubs. It’s also the beginning of the true evaluation of the Tim Wilken draft era. Wilken ran the draft from 2006 through last year.
In some form or another 19 players Wilken drafted made to the big leagues, even for a cup of coffee somewhere. Raley will make it 20 tomorrow. Since the new management team took over last fall, Jason McLeod is the senior vice president for scouting and player development, and as such, “runs” the draft. McLeod said he relied heavily on Wilken, whose title si director of amateur and professional scouting.
Here are some of the players Wilken took in each of his drafts:
2006: Tyler Colvin, Jeff Samardzija, Steve Clevenger and Blake Parker
2007: Josh Vitters, Josh Donaldson, Darwin Barney, Brandon Guyer and James Rusell
2008: Andrew Cashner, Ryan Flaherty, Chris Carpenter, Josh Harrison, Tony Campana, Casey Coleman and Jeff Beliveau
2009: Brett Jackson, DJ LeMahieu and Raley
2010: Hayden Simspon, Matt Szczur and Eric Jokisch
2011: Javier Baez, Dan Vogelbach, Trevor Gretzky, Shawon Dunston Jr., Dillon Maples and Rock Shoulders