The Brewers’ rotation has been a bit beat up — in more ways than one — to start the 2017 season, but they’ll be getting another arm back fairly soon.
The team announced today that Matt Garza will begin his rehab assignment later tonight with Colorado Springs. He’s expected to pitch at least a couple outings before returning to the big leagues.
RHP Matt Garza (right groin strain) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A @skysox tonight.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 12, 2017
Garza was placed on the 10-day disabled list at the end of March with a strained groin. Shortly after, manager Craig Counsell indicated Garza would head out on a rehab assignment once the team wrapped up their first homestand of the season.
That road trip started last night, but top pitching prospect Josh Hader was scheduled to make a start for Triple-A Colorado Springs. With tonight’s starter for the Sky Sox listed as TBD, the organization had the opportunity to slot Garza in. For those worried about Garza trying to round back into shape in the Pitcher’s Hell known as Colorado, don’t fret — tonight’s Sky Sox game is in Memphis.
The team expects Garza to make at least a couple rehab starts as he pushes up his pitch count and re-stretches his arm out after the time off, but if all goes well, we might see Garza back on the big league club after another turn through the rotation. That would mean short of a call-up for a spot start, Tommy Milone — who has given up 6 runs on 12 hits over 6 innings covering two appearances this year — will likely get at least one more start.
Garza wasn’t pitching well this spring before the injury came up just before the Brewers would’ve been faced with some difficult roster decisions, but things have quickly changed in the past couple of weeks. The injury to Junior Guerra and the early ineffectiveness of Zach Davies has stretched the bullpen to its limits after just one week, and Milone’s ascension to the rotation is more out of necessity and convenience than based on his performance.
Few would’ve been particularly happy to see Garza take the mound for the Brewers a couple weeks ago, but now he might eventually be the best short-term option they have to cover some innings in Guerra’s absence, depending on how his next couple of outings with the Sky Sox go.