Cubs offseason: Matt Garza cleared to resume workouts

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Cubs P Matt Garza has been cleared to resume baseball activities.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza will resume offseason workouts after being cleared by medical staff, according ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla.

While he won't be able to throw initially, Garza will be allowed to take part in his strength and conditioning routine without any other restrictions. Since he can begin his workout regimen now, Garza will be allowed to begin a winter throwing program at the same pace that he would in any other year.

Garza suffered a stress reaction in his right arm during a July 21 start against the St. Louis Cardinals. The team says the injury is healing well, a fact that was confirmed by a scan of Garza's throwing elbow.

If not for the injury, he could have been traded away at the 2012 deadline, something that could happen this season instead if the 28-year-old hurler stays healthy.

Garza finished with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts with the Cubs in 2012, striking out 96 batters and walking 32 in 103 2/3 innings. He has a career 57-61 record with a 3.84 ERA, 7.6 K/9 and 2.46 BB/9.

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