Bill Carey
Friday July 27th, 2012

Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will not take the mound again until after the trade deadline, making it unlikely the team will be able to deal the veteran starter, according to reports on Twitter.

[tweet https://twitter.com/CarrieMuskat/status/228875728752619520]

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Garza reportedly had fluid buildup around his triceps.

The Cubs, with the fourth-worst record in the major leagues, are looking to rebuild their roster, and Garza was considered one of the team's likely trading chips -- a reliable, experienced pitcher who could solidify the end of the rotation for a contender.

The 28-year-old Garza is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts this season. Garza's injury, which makes a trade unlikely, is another setback for Chicago as it looks to move its assets for prospects. Pitcher Ryan Dempster appeared headed to Atlanta earlier this week, but the trade fell apart.

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