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22 Matt Garza SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/216 | Birthdate: 11/26/1983 | Birthplace: Selma, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Milwaukee | College: Fresno State | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $10,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 68/23 | Average Draft Position: 243.91
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Kyle Lohse to start Brewers' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke announced that Kyle Lohse would be the team's opening day starter. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak reported that Lohse would get the season opener, followed in the rotation by Matt Garza and Wily Peralta

Lohse was 13-9 with a 3.54 ERA last year. 


Brewers' Matt Garza showing results of mechanical overhaul


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza underwent a mechanical overhaul this offseason with the help of his younger brother, MLB.com reports.

"Kind of just staying in myself, staying level," Garza said, describing the change. "For some reason I would get excited and have a [Mike] Fiers-type tilt, and that's not good for me. I think that's part of the reason my changeup hasn't really fully developed, and why I've had problems with consistency on my slider and breaking stuff. With this, it's helping me feel better about it. Staying consistent with my release and where the ball comes out. ... It's refreshing to be in control when I'm usually a guy who's rarely in control."

Garza surrendered two earned runs on four hits and two walks in three innings Wednesday while striking out two, but manager Ron Roenicke has noticed the improvement.

"I don't know if I notice so much the difference in mechanics as I notice his stuff," Roenicke said. "His stuff is way better now than it was last year at this time. Last year, we were 4-5 games into it and he didn't have the stuff we were used to seeing from him. He'll get his location down better. I'm liking what I'm seeing from him."


Brewers' Garza: 'I had a new fire awaken in me this offseason'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza indicated Thursday that the "growing pains" of joining a new organization are gone in his second spring with the team, MLB.com reports.

"I think my world is settled, and it helps a lot," Garza said. "Last year I was still in a transitional period with taking care of the family, moving them around, and we made the decision to stay home [in California]. We bought a new place back home and set up shop, and now that huge world is in place. Everything else is fine. Financial security, job security. All I have to do is go play, and it's fun.

"I had a new fire awaken in me this offseason, which I haven't had in a while. The past couple years have kind of led me down that road. It's my fault, nobody else's. But things happen for a reason, and I think I found my reason."

Garza delivered his eighth straight season with an ERA under 4.00 in 2014, going 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 126:50 K:BB ratio in 163 1/3 innings.


Brewers set spring rotation, Kyle Lohse lined up for opening day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse will start the team's Cactus League opener Thursday, MLB.com reports, lining Lohse up to receive the opening-day start on April 6.

Though Lohse appears in line to start opening day, he dodged a question regarding the potential assignment. "How about we answer that question when something is official?" Lohse said.

After Lohse's Thursday start, the Brewers will line up Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson in the spring rotation, FOXSportsWisconsin.com reports.


Matt Garza shut down with shoulder stiffness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) The Brewers have scratched veteran starter Matt Garza from his Friday start with shoulder stiffness and replaced him with Jimmy Nelson.

Garza has been on a strong roll down the stretch. He has allowed just 10 earned runs in his last 38 2/3 innings pitched, but six of those runs came in one start. He has appearently finished his season at 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA.


Matt Garza gets ejected during scoreless outing


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza was ejected during a scoreless start Saturday.

Garza allowed three hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. Tensions were high after Garza hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch in the third inning. At that point, both benches were warned. Garza managed to work until the end of the fifth inning. After striking out the first two batters, Garza hit McCutchen again, and was ejected from the game.

Garza earned the no-decision for his performance. He’ll take on the Cubs in his next start. 


Matt Garza breaks drought


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza won Sunday for the first time since July 24, going six innings in a 9-2 home win over the Reds. Garza (8-8) allowed one run on four hits, striking out six and walking three.

Garza, who lowered his ERA to 3.74, will face the Pirates on the road Saturday.


Matt Garza lasts four innings, strikes out seven Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza wasn't a factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk in just four innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-3 loss to the Marlins.

Garza gave up a pair of runs in the third inning Tuesday, with the second coming after his own error extended the inning. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth, ending his night after 84 pitches. Garza owns a 3.83 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 114:45 K:BB ratio in 152 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals next Tuesday.


Matt Garza surrenders six runs in three innings vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza took the loss Wednesday, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and one walk in just three innings while striking out three in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Cubs.

Garza (7-8) was making his first start in a month after recovering from an oblique injury. He served up a two-run home run in the second inning before really getting into trouble in the third, allowing four runs on five hits in the inning. Garza owns a 3.87 ERA and 107:44 K:BB ratio in 148 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.


Brewers activate two from DL, recall three from minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Brewers made a slew of moves prior to Monday's game against the Cubs. The team activated pitchers Matt Garza and Wei-Chung Wang from the disabled list. The team also recalled  pitcher Jimmy Nelson, catcher Matt Pagnozzi and outfielder Logan Schafer from the minors.

Matt Garza set to return to rotation Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza will return to the rotation Wednesday against the Cubs, the team announced Saturday.

Garza has been out since Aug. 4 due to a strained left oblique, but was able to get through a simulated game without issue in recent days. He had a 3.58 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 145 2/3 innings of work prior to the injury. 


Matt Garza able to get through simulated game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza was able to get through a simulated game without any issues, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Garza is attempting to come back from an oblique injury. He was able to throw all his pitches during Friday's simulated game. Garza should return next week. 


Matt Garza to throw simulated game, return next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday, and he's expected to return to the rotation next week without going on a rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

Garza continues to progress well in his return from a strained ribcage muscle. He's scheduled to throw 45 to 50 pitches in Friday's session.


Matt Garza throws 'superb' bullpen session Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza threw a "superb" bullpen session Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

The team will reveal the plan for Garza's return Wednesday. It's possible he won't need to go out on a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list. Garza has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with an oblique injury.


Bullpen session goes well for Matt Garza


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza completed a bullpen session Sunday that went "really well," FOX Sports Wisconsin reports.

Garza was able to throw all of his pitches without feeling any discomfort in his injured oblique muscle. He plans to ramp up the effort in Tuesday's bullpen session. Garza is targeting a return during the first week of September.


Matt Garza aiming for first week of September


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza could be back from an oblique injury by the first week of September, MLB.com reports Tuesday.

According to the report, the Brewers have set the first week of September as Garza's targeted return date from the injury, though specific plans are not yet known. He was only cleared to begin playing catch this weekend, and it is not clear if he will require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning.  


Matt Garza plays catch Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza was able to play catch Friday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Garza has been shutdown due to an oblique injury, but this is a good step in his recovery. Garza had not been cleared to throw earlier in the week. He's posted a 3.58 ERA over 145 2/3 innings. 


Matt Garza not cleared to throw yet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza has not been cleared to throw just yet, according to MLB.com.

Garza was been sidelined since August 3 due to an oblique injury. Garza said he has made progress recently, but is not ready to throw just yet. Garza has a 3.58 ERA over 145 2/3 innings. 


Matt Garza to need more time than 15-day DL stint


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Contrary to earlier optimistic reports, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday that pitcher Matt Garza will need longer than his 15-day DL stint to return from a strained left oblique, reports MLB.com. Garza went on the DL on Aug. 4.

Matt Garza: Oblique strain not so bad this time


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Brewers don't anticipate right-hander Matt Garza needing any longer than the required 15 days to return from a strained left oblique that landed him on the disabled list, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The team believes that the strain is not as serious at the one he sustained last February, which prevented him from pitching for seven weeks.

"It's not as bad as the last one," Garza claimed. "I have more range of motion, it's easier doing things every day - breathing, coughing, waking up, rolling out of bed. It's a lot easier than it was last year. I don't think it'll be too long, but at the same time, I don't read medicals, either."

Garza went down in the midst of a roll in which he yielded just two runs on eight hits in 21 innings pitched. He is 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA on the season.


Matt Garza hits DL with strained oblique


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Brewers officially placed pitcher Matt Garza on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, due to left oblique strain. The DL placement is retroactive to Aug. 4.

Garza heads to the DL with a 3.58 ERA in 145 2/3 innings, and there is currently no specific timetable for his expected return.


Matt Garza expected to be placed on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated on his weekly radio show Tuesday that starting pitcher Matt Garza is expected to be placed on the disabled list due to an oblique strain.

"I think that's what we're going to do. He was checked out yesterday...we'll make that decision today," Roenicke said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Garza suffered an oblique strain during spring training in 2013 and missed the first seven weeks of the season. Roenicke hopes Garza won't be sidelined as long this time.

"I don't really know," Roenicke said. "He didn't think he did as much as he did last year. Last year, he was out for a long time. Hopefully this year, it's just a slight one and he won't be out as long."

Marco Estrada and Mike Fiers are the two leading candidates to replace Garza in the rotation.


Matt Garza exits with oblique strain Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza was removed from Sunday's start due to a left oblique strain, the team announced.

Garza was rolling before the injury, giving up just one hit in six scoreless innings and striking out four. Though he passed along a 2-0 lead to the bullpen, the Cardinals were able to score three runs in the seventh and eventually win the game, 3-2. Garza will have to be checked out further by medical personnel before his status for his next scheduled start Saturday is known. He owns a 3.58 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 104:43 K:BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings.


Brewers retool weekend rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson was scratched for Saturday's start because of a blister on his throwing hand, the team announced. Kyle Lohse, who was initially scheduled to start Sunday, will make the start in his place on Saturday. Matt Garza has been pushed to Sunday.

Matt Garza tosses seven one-run innings vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza didn't factor in to the decision Tuesday, giving up one earned run on five hits and two walks in seven innings and striking out two in his team's 5-1 loss to the Rays.

Garza surrendered just a solo home run in the sixth inning while facing his old team, but the offense couldn't muster more than a single run before the Rays broke the game open in the eighth. Garza owns a 3.74 ERA and 100:43 K:BB ratio in 139 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Giants next Tuesday.