The Milwaukee Brewers have received bad news on starter Matt Garza, and will be lost from four to six weeks with a strained lat muscle. Garza had been experiencing tightness in shoulder according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Garza, who lost his starting job after a second half of the season meltdown was expected to be part of the Brewers rotation. He is coming off the worst season of his career. He went 6-14 with an ERA of 5.63, he allowed 10.7 hits, 3.5 walks, and 6.3 strike outs per nine innings of work.
The rebuilding Brewers need a bounce back season out of Garza as he holds no trade value after a disaster of a 2015 campaign. Top prospect Jorge Lopez could get some consideration as a replacement in the rotation, but likely will remain in the minor leagues for more seasoning. Zach Davies would appear to have the inside track for the job in the rotation until Garza returns.
The Brewers also received bad news on a potential bullpen arm in Yhonathan Barrios, he had to have surgery. The Brewers obtained Barrios from the Pirates in the Armais Ramirez deal last summer.