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Garza has been scratched from his start Friday due to shoulder stiffness, Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.

It's likely the Brewers are simply being cautious with Garza now that the team is officially eliminated from the playoffs. Jimmy Nelson will make the start Friday against the Cubs in Garza's place.

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Garza pitched for six innings Sunday against the Reds, allowing only one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six batters.

Garza struggled in his first two starts after returning from the DL September 3, but he showed his best outing in three starts Sunday. Before his injury, Garza was pitching well with a 2.88 ERA in June and 2.53 ERA in July. His strong showing Sunday could be a sign that he is getting back on track. Garza will face the Pirates on Saturday.

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Garza pitched just four innings Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk, while striking out seven in a no-decision.

It has been a struggle for Garza ever since returning from the disabled list, as he has now allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 14 hits and two walks in his first two starts (spanning just seven innings) back. He now has a 3.83 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 114:45 K:BB in 152.2 innings this year. His next start is scheduled for Sunday at home against the Reds.

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Garza (7-8) was dreadful in his return from the disabled list, lasting only three innings while giving up six runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts against the Cubs.

It was Garza's first appearance in a month after dealing with a nagging oblique injury. The right-hander is having a fine year, sporting a 3.87 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 107:44 K:BB ratio. Garza will try to get back on track Monday versus the Marlins.

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Garza (oblique) was activated from the 15-day DL on Monday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The Brewers went ahead and activated Garza a few days early, with 15 additional roster spots opening up overnight. Sidelined since early August with an oblique strain, Garza was cleared to oppose the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks on Wednesday after completing a simulated game over the weekend.

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Garza (oblique) will rejoin the Brewers' rotation Wednesday against the Cubs, Adam McCalvy of reports.

A strong showing in a bullpen session Tuesday convinced the Brewers that Garza would not need a rehab start, and they instead opted for a simulated game Friday. With Garza completing the outing without incident, the training staff has given him the green light to toe the rubber Wednesday opposite Kyle Hendricks. Jimmy Nelson will work out of the bullpen upon his return to the club.

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Garza (oblique) made it through his simulated game Friday without incident, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The Brewers have not announced their plans for the rotation with Garza's upcoming activation, but the most likely candidate to be replaced appears to be Jimmy Nelson, who would likely move into the bullpen and provide a much needed power arm.

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Garza (oblique) will not need a rehab assignment, and will instead pitch a simulated game Friday and join the rotation at a date that has yet to be determined,'s Adam McCalvy reports.

It's possible that the Brewers are still trying to decide internally which starter will get bumped from the rotation to make way for Garza. Assuming that either Mike Fiers or Jimmy Nelson will be the one to move out of the rotation, Garza could join the rotation either Thursday or Saturday of next week.

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Pitching coach Rick Kranitz described Garza's bullpen session as "superb," but the team won't announce Garza's next step until Wednesday,'s Adam McCalvy reports.

It would be understandable for Garza to make a rehab start with one of the Brewers' minor league affiliates before returning to the Brewers' rotation, but there's also a chance he could bypass a rehab assignment and go straight back into the big league rotation. We will know more Wednesday.

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Garza (oblique) had an extremely positive bullpen session Sunday and figures to ramp up the intensity of his throws in his next session, tentatively slated for Tuesday, Andrew Gruman of reports.

Garza was able to throw all his pitches without feeling any pain with his oblique. If he's able to throw at close to full strength in his next bullpen session, Garza could head out to a minor league affiliate for one rehab start before he's activated from the DL.