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July 22, 2013

Rangers acquire Matt Garza from Cubs

It took three extra days, but the Rangers have acquired right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs.

The Rangers sent infielder Mike Olt, right-handers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards, and a player to be named to Chicago. Neil Ramirez had been in the deal that fell through Friday, after the Cubs expressed concern about Ramirez. He had experienced shoulder soreness after shooting arrows, according to a source.

Garza was scratched from his scheduled start at Arizona, and could slide into the rotation as soon as Tuesday. That would give Alexi Ogando an extra day's rest and push Derek Holland back to Thursday to push Justin Grimm and Ross Wolf to the bullpen.

Garza, 29, gives the Rangers’ rotation an instant upgrade, if for no other reason than he is healthy. The Rangers have four starting pitchers on the disabled list, though Ogando is expected to start Tuesday against the Yankees.

Colby Lewis (triceps tendinits) and Nick Tepesch (elbow inflammation), though, likely are on target to return in mid-August, and Matt Harrison (back surgery) is aiming for late August.

Garza, who is a free agent after the season, is 63-62 with a 3.80 ERA in eight seasons with three different teams, and is only 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.

But Garza allowed one earned run over six innings for Tampa Bay at Rangers Ballpark during the 2010 American League Division Series. He was MVP of the AL Championship Series in 2008 and is 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in his postseason career.

-- Jeff Wilson



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