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Former Twin Update: Matt Garza

So Matt Garza pulled himself from the (Devil) Rays game the other day in the third inning, claiming some sort of radial nerve issue. He also claims he was throwing with said issue all of last year. This brings up a thorny issue.  If the Twins knew about it they owe the Rays compensation, which is usually cash or draft picks.  My question is how do they prove this.  I’m assuming team doctors keep records of all the players, just like regular doctors. So does MLB have access to the twins medical files? Wouldn’t these records change hands as part of the physical most trades are contingent upon?

Here is my professional guess: Garza was pretty desperate to make the major league team last season. There was no way in hell he would have disclosed an injury if it meant derailing his path to the big leagues. I think he either didn’t tell the team, or the injury didn’t surface until after the trade. Either way, it could get ugly.

 Here is an article from Rays Index 


5 Comments so far

  1. sirsean April 11th, 2008 8:06 am

    My opinion is that this is a load of crap, and here’s why:

    1) Garza has always been very outspoken and critical of the Twins organization, and about his injuries. 2) He never mentioned this, and it never leaked out. 3) The Twins, who are very careful with their pitchers, have no record or documentation of such an injury, and nothing about a “nerve problem” ever surfaced through the media last year.

    The Rays already got more “compensation” in this trade than they should have, in getting Morlan instead of Rincon.

    If Garza’s going to crap out of a game and call it an injury, leading the Rays to seek compensation from the Twins … why don’t the Twins point out that Delmon Young apparently can’t hit and seek extra compensation from the Rays? After all, he was touted as an up-and-coming young power hitter, and has pulled exactly one ball to left field all season, and has no home runs. By Matt Garza and the Rays’ logic, the Twins were misled.

    Obviously, that’s not going to happen, because it’s pretty stupid. Likewise, the Rays deserve no compensation for Garza’s injury, given that it just cropped up for the first time four months after the trade happened.

  2. Grizz April 11th, 2008 9:19 am

    I agree that Garza would be the type who, if he even did have nerve damage last year, would have never said anything about it to anybody anyways because he is not intelligent. Also, let’s hear it for no managerial blunders for Gardy in Thursday’s game! If this weather system continues to hit the Midwest, we could have a few more days of this! Oh well, I hate rainouts and would much rather watch managerial blunders than regular TV or read. I guess I just wished the Twins would do a better job of timing off days and rainouts with Wild playoff games.

  3. FunBobby April 11th, 2008 9:50 am

    He is just plain dumb. and white trash. Who would have thought he would cause more off field problems than Young. I did.

  4. sirsean April 11th, 2008 10:20 am

    At first glance Garza seems like he’d foolishly pitch through injury (a la Liriano), but that actually wasn’t the case during his time with the Twins. (At least it sure didn’t seem to be.)

    If anything was bothering him, he was quick to tell the media about it and criticize the team for forcing him to pitch through it. (It was not clear, in those cases, whether he told the team before he told the media.)

    However, in my mind his credibility was minimized by the fact that he was trying to make the claim that the Twins are either mistreating/overworking all their young pitchers, or just him. The problem is that if the Twins organization (when it comes to pitching) has a failing, it’s that they’re very very conservative when it comes to the load on their pitchers (and very liberal when it comes to shutting them down as a precaution), especially young ones. So it’s just not believable that the Twins were cavalier about an injury they were aware of.

  5. Texas April 11th, 2008 7:14 pm

    Garza actually had this problem in college, it is documented. The Twins knew about it when they drafted him and there have been no documented reinflammations according to the Twins records.

    The chances of them proving this, particularly with the Twins track record of bringing up pitchers, are slim to none (leaning closer to none).

    The Rays journalists are just pissed that they are now figuring out that they got the short end of this deal and are trying to stir up some news down there in Snoozeville, Florida

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