Cubs right-hander Matt Garza threw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since going on the disabled list May 17 with tightness in his right elbow.
Garza, who threw 30 pitches in the bullpen, will throw one more side session over the weekend in St. Louis before returning to the rotation next week in Cincinnati.
"I'm excited," manager Mike Quade said. "[Garza will return] in Cincinnati. Everything has gone real well. I think it was a good idea [for him to throw a second side session before returning]. I would have loved to see him in St. Louis, but we'll be happy with his start in Cincinnati."Quade and pitching coach Mark Riggins haven't decided how the rotation will change once Garza returns next week.
"We talked about it a couple days ago," Quade said. "There's bullpen issues. There's a lot of different things that go into that. We'll see [Doug Davis'] start today and see where we're at after that. I think there's too many variables between now and then. It's still a week or so away until [Garza returns]. If everything goes [as planned], I think probably in a few days we'll have to start looking at that."
Quade said Rodrigo Lopez, who made his first start for the Cubs on Monday, will be available in the bullpen for the next few days. Lopez, whom Chicago acquired from Atlanta in a trade on May 26, had eight days of rest between his last Minor League start and his Cubs debut.
But Quade said having Lopez available in the bullpen doesn't necessarily mean he will be removed from the rotation.
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