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July 20, 2013

No significant progress in Rangers' pursuit of Matt Garza

Nearly 24 hours after a prosposed trade for Matt Garza was held up after an exchange of medical records, the Rangers and Cubs have made no significant headway Saturday toward striking a deal.

One club official said that the status quo is prevailing from Friday, when a prospect package of third baseman Mike Olt, shortstop Luis Sardinas and right-handers Neil Ramirez and C.J. Edwards for Garza and a second Cubs player stalled.

Olt could be at the center of the concerns. He was hit in the head by a pitch in late November and was suffering from vision problems in spring training and over the first month of the season at Triple A before undergoing a battery of tests that helped find a remedy.

Edwards spent a stint on the disabled list early this season, but it was designed to give him a week of rest.

Ramirez has been healthy this year but suffered from some arm fatigued last season.

Sardinas underwent surgery for a dislocated right shoulder in 2010 and his left in 2011, but has been healthy since.

The Rangers and Cubs continue to talk trade. Garza's next scheduled start is Monday, the day Yu Darvish is scheduled to come off the disabled list. Alexi Ogando is scheduled for reinstatement Tuesday.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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