clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Matt Garza placed on disabled list, Rob Wooten recalled

Garza injured his oblique pitching against the Cardinals over the weekend.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza has officially been placed on the disabled list, the team announced on Twitter. Rob Wooten has been recalled to join the roster.

Garza started on Sunday against the Cardinals, but exited after six innings of one-hit ball due to a left oblique strain. He had thrown just 71 pitches to that point and clearly would have been kept in the game had he been healthy. His DL stint will be retroactive until Monday, meaning he will be eligible to return August 19 at the earliest.

An extra day of retroactive time likely won't matter, though, given the fickle nature of oblique strains and how they can tend to last. Garza missed seven weeks at the beginning of the 2013 season from a similar injury. That kind of time-frame would keep him out until mid-to-late September. Roenicke expressed hope that this strain was not as severe, however.

Garza has a 3.58 ERA this season after being brought in on a four year contract worth $50 million. He had been coming on especially strong lately with a 2.13 ERA and 441 opponents OPS over his last six starts, including a 0.1 inning, five earned run outing.

With Wooten joining the roster, Marco Estrada will be almost certainly be taking Garza's spot in the rotation. He had started the season as a starting pitcher, but was replaced by top prospect Jimmy Nelson after giving up boatloads of home runs. Since moving to the pen, Estrada has a 3.48 ERA and has not given up a home run in over 10 innings.

The other most likely option to join the roster would have been Mike Fiers, who has been phenomenal in Triple-A this year. Garza's spot doesn't come up until Saturday so it's possible, but unlikely, that the Brewers could have Wooten up as an extra bullpen arm before making a move for Fiers prior to the team needing a new starter.