At the beginning of the season we trotted out Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzjia, Paul Maholm and Chris Volstad (should have been Travis Wood). Now, just a week after the deadline has come and gone, we’re hit with the news that Garza is out “indefinitely” with a stress reaction in his elbow.

According to the story in the Tribune “no decision has been yet about the rest of his season.” The fact that that quote is even in the story means the injury is enough for the Cubs to at least consider shutting him down knowing he has value this off-season. Should that be the case, the Cubs will be trotting out a historically bad rotation. Take a minute to think about it.

Jeff Samardzija (26 career starts: 9-12 with an ERA of 4.92)

Travis Wood (49 career starts: 14-17 with an ERA of 4.46)

Justin Germano (38 career starts: 9-17 with an ERA of 5.40)

Chris Volstad (112 career starts: 31-47 with an ERA of 4.82)

Casey Coleman (26 career starts: 7-12 with an ERA of 5.22)

It’s not pretty, but it’s a chance to really evaluate these guys and see what we have. Just don’t go watching for wins. Thoughts?


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