Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his left oblique, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com:
#Brewers Matt Garza placed on the DL with his left rib-cage strain. Rob Wooten coming back from Nashville.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 5, 2014
Garza left his start on Monday after six innings with the injury. He has now spent time on the disabled list in four consecutive seasons.
The 30-year-old was having a solid season as a key member of a strong Milwaukee rotation. Garza has posted a 3.58 ERA (3.53 FIP) in 23 starts this season.
Garza missed seven weeks after suffering the same injury in February 2013.
Right-hander Rob Wooten was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Garza’s spot in the rotation. Wooten has a 4.36 ERA (2.50 FIP) in 37 games as a reliever with the Brewers this season.
Marco Estrada will likely regain his spot in the rotation in Garza’s absence. Estrada will need to pitch much better, as he has a 4.83 ERA (5.52 FIP) and has allowed 27 home runs this year, most in the majors.
The injury comes at an awful time for the Brewers, who are trying to hang on to playoff position after a strong start to the year. Milwaukee leads the St. Louis Cardinals by just one game in the National League Central race.
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