Dodgers turn focus to Cubs starter Matt Garza; leaves game with injury
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still looking to make a splash at the trading deadline, even if they can’t get Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster.
Now, the team is currently turning their focus to Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, reports ESPN.com. The Dodgers may have to wait because Garza left his start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night with cramping in his right triceps. The team says X-rays were negative.
The Dodgers had a deal on the table for Dempster on Friday, and it appeared the right-hander would have been scratched from his start that night in St. Louis had a trade been consummated. Instead, Dempster gave up three runs in the first inning and allowed four runs in the six innings he pitched in the 4-1 loss.
Garza will be under contract through 2013 and has a year of salary arbitration left before he can go into a free-agent status.
Garza started the day with a record of 5-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 17 starts.