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04/09/08 9:05 PM ET
Garza's injury admission new to Twins
Gardenhire say Rays righty never mentioned anything to club
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Former Twins pitcher Matt Garza lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his debut for the Rays on Tuesday, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game with radial nerve irritation in his right throwing arm. Following his start, Garza told reporters that the problem surfaced late last season when he was with the Twins, and that "it's been gradually hurting, but I've fought it off." But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said on Wednesday that it was news to him. "Wasn't he healthy all spring for them?" Gardenhire said. "So now he's going to say he was hurt earlier. That's not good. "He never missed a bullpen [session] or a start [here]. I don't know what he's saying. I haven't read it and don't plan on reading it, just based on what you said. Everything was documented on Matt Garza and there were no injuries here." Gardenhire said that the neck problem Garza suffered in Spring Training last season was the only injury the Twins have documented for the starter. "If he said he was hurt, I'm not going to call him a liar or anything like that," Gardenhire said. "But he should have let us know that he might have had an injury. Normally, it's good when the team you are pitching for knows that. But I doubt that he had any injuries here."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.