Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Matt Garza placed on DL after hurting nerve in pitching arm Print
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Tuesday, 08 April 2008 17:55
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 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza left the game Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners with two outs in the third inning because of an irritated nerve in his pitching arm.
The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the Rays lost 6-5 to Seattle. There was no immediate word on how long Garza will be out.
``We're still gathering information,'' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. ``It just came up during the game. I guess it tightened up, the nerve. I think we'll know more tomorrow.''
The Rays recalled pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu from Triple-A Durham. He will work out of the bullpen.
Maddon said it has not been determined who will take Garza's spot in the rotation.
Garza had walked three batters and allowed three runs in the inning before summoning a trainer and Maddon to the mound. After walking Raul Ibanez intentionally to load the bases, he walked in a run and gave up a two-run single to Brad Wilkerson.
``We're going to take our time,'' Garza said. ``It's something I've dealt with over time, but I was able to fight through it. (It started) more towards late last year. It got to the point where, I've got to get looked at and see what's going on. It was like somebody was pressing down on my arm.''
The Rays described the problem as irritation of the radial nerve, which runs from the back of the upper arm to the lower front.
The right-hander was one of the Rays' biggest offseason acquisitions, coming to Tampa Bay in a trade that sent outfielder Delmon Young to the Minnesota Twins. He was replaced by reliever Scott Dohmann with Seattle leading 3-1.
 

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