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Matt Garza Injury Update: Cubs Hopeful Pitcher Will Avoid DL

With the Chicago Cubs out of the playoff hunt, there is little doubt that they will be "sellers" as the trade deadline approaches. One of the assets at their disposal is Matt Garza, who was forced to leave his start on Saturday with an injury. However, in a piece of good news for the Cubs, ESPNChicago is reporting that Garza feels confident he will avoid a stint on the DL:

"I think obviously it was just 12 hours ago that we talked about it," Sveum said. "But he did seem to come in here today with a lot better frame of mind and very optimistic that he won't have to be on the DL, and he may even make his next start. We have a day off (Thursday), so we have the luxury with some stuff we can do."

A healthy Garza is a huge asset for the Cubs at the deadline, with numerous teams looking to add a quality starter for the playoff push.

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