Milwaukee’s Matt Garza leaves in fourth with bruised thumb
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — Another injury was too much for the depleted Milwaukee Brewers.
Matt Garza was removed with a bruised right thumb in the fourth inning of a 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. That put more stress on a bullpen that pitched 16 innings in the three-game series, the first two extra-inning wins.
“We were hoping he’d go deep,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “It hurt, him not going deep.”
The Brewers considered roster moves after the game. Roenicke said decisions probably would be made after Milwaukee arrived in Cincinnati for a four-game series.
Garza (1-3) was injured when he got jammed on his at-bat in the fourth with Milwaukee trailing 4-3. He expects to be ready for his next turn in the rotation.
“I’m going to make sure I’m OK by then,” he said. “I’m not here to skip a start.”
He wasn’t happy with losing to the Cardinals for the second time this year. The right-hander was charged with five runs.
On April 14, he allowed four runs in seven innings of a 4-0 loss at home to St. Louis. In three of his first five starts, he worked seven or more innings.
“It’s been a consistent battle for me so far this year,” Garza said. “I don’t know if it’s me fighting myself or me trying to do too much or what it is, but it needs to stop. I’m going to carry my weight on this team and do my part. Right now, I’m not.”
• Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs and six hits in five innings during an injury rehabilitation stint with the Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts.
A 29-pitch first inning kept Kershaw from being dominant against the Tennessee Smokies, but he still finished with nine strikeouts.
“I would like to have gotten through six or seven innings, but I had a good time working with these guys,” Kershaw said. “It’s tough when pitch counts are in the back of your mind. Obviously the main goal of why I was here was to get my pitch count up and be ready for 100-plus pitches in the big leagues.
“At the same time, you’re trying to compete, too. Fortunately for me, I am kind of done with that and can go pitch now.”
• Melky Cabrera left the Toronto Blue Jays’ game against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning after getting hit on the left shin by a pitch from Danny Duffy.
Cabrera appeared to be squaring to bunt on the first pitch from the Royals reliever, who had just replaced starter Yordano Ventura.
The Blue Jays’ left fielder rolled around in pain on the grass down the third-base line while Duffy crouched behind the mound. Cabrera was eventually helped off the field, through the dugout and to the visiting clubhouse, and X-rays came back negative.
Blue Jays spokesman Mal Romanin said Cabrera was day to day.
• The Colorado Rockies have placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and recalled righty Chad Bettis from Class AAA Colorado Springs.
• Detroit said that left-hander Robbie Ray will make his major-league debut Tuesday against the Houston Astros.
Ray, 22, was acquired this past offseason from the Nationals as part of the trade that sent starter Doug Fister, a former Mariner, to Washington.