Cubs starter Garza leaves after 3 innings



ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza was taken out after working three scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals apparently due to an injury that wasn’t obvious, prompting speculation that he had been traded.

The Cubs had not made an announcement, but Justin Germano got unlimited warmups, indicating he was entering the game because of an injury or ejection, when he replaced Garza in a 0-0 game Saturday night. Germano was acquired Thursday from the Red Sox for cash considerations after being designated for assignment by Boston on July 13.

Garza is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA, working 10 scoreless innings his last two outings. The Cubs are believed to be shopping both Garza and Ryan Dempster, whose 33-inning scoreless streak ended in a loss at St. Louis on Friday night.

It was the second appearance of the season for Germano, who worked 5 2-3 scoreless innings of relief July 7 against the Yankees.