Matt Garza didn't get a win but was great in his season debut Tuesday, holding the Pirates scoreless on one hit and three walks over five innings.
Garza also struck out five on the night. With his pitch count of 90 approaching, he was removed to start the sixth, and the Cubs' bullpen promptly coughed up his 3-0 lead by giving up a five-spot. Garza will have a tougher matchup this weekend in Cincinnati, but he appears safe to use in fantasy leagues right out of the gate.
Darwin Barney went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.
All four hits were singles, but Barney will certainly take it. Barney is still hitting only .223 for the season after a painfully slow start, but he's heating up of late with a .476 average over his last six games.
Cubs activated RHP Matt Garza from the disabled list.
Garza will make his first start in 10 months for the Cubs on Tuesday night against the Pirates. He looked fairly sharp on his minor league rehab assignment and can be activated immediately in most fantasy leagues. Carlos Villanueva has been pushed into a bullpen role.
Cubs designated RHP Michael Bowden for assignment.
The move cleared a roster spot for Matt Garza, who is coming off the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Pirates. Bowden had a 3.78 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 16 2/3 innings with Chicago and should draw interest from other teams. He is only 26 years old.
Cubs claimed RHP Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals; assigned him to Triple-A Iowa.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates that Sanchez was cleared from the Cardinals' 40-man roster in order to make room for Tyler Lyons. Either way, the Cubs were quick to pounce. The 24-year-old has struggled with his control, but he has a big arm and has displayed the ability to get swings-and-misses at the big league level. He could be a useful bullpen piece for Chicago.
Travis Wood allowed three earned runs over seven innings Sunday as the Cubs fell to the Brewers.
Wood was only decent, which was a disappointment considering how well he has pitched this season and how poor the Mets' lineup is. Wood gave up five hits and two walks, watching his ERA rise from 2.03 to 2.24 and his WHIP from 0.92 to 0.93. He'll try for better next time out against the Reds.