MLB notebook: Cubs' Garza traded to Rangers

2013-07-23T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: Cubs' Garza traded to Rangers Arizona Daily Star
July 23, 2013 12:00 am

ARLINGTON, Texas - Matt Garza has been traded to Texas from the Chicago Cubs, giving the Rangers a pitcher they have long coveted.

The deal completed Monday night gives the Rangers a boost to a starting rotation plagued by injuries.

Texas sent the Cubs rookie pitcher Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards.

There will also be a player to be named later.

Garza, a 29-year-old right-hander who can be a free agent after the season, is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA his last six starts.

He had been scheduled to start Monday night for the Cubs at Arizona.

Kemp sprains ankle in 9th

TORONTO - Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss the three-game series against the Blue Jays after spraining his left ankle.

After missing 11 games with a sore left shoulder, Kemp came off the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's 9-2 win over Washington.

He went 3 for 4 with a home run, but limped off the field after sliding into home plate on a force play in the ninth inning.

Manager Don Mattingly said Monday he was less optimistic that Kemp would avoid a return to the DL.

He said the team hoped to have a clearer picture of Kemp's status Tuesday.

Cabrera leaves game early

CHICAGO - Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning with a sore left hip flexor.

Cabrera appeared to slow up when he was scoring on a two-run single by Victor Martinez.

He came out to play third base in the bottom of the inning, before leaving the field with trainer Kevin Rand after Paul Konerko's one-out fly out to right field.

The team tweeted that Cabrera was bothered by a sore left hip flexor.

Puig being sued

MIAMI - A lawsuit seeking $12 million from Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he and his mother lied to Cuban authorities about a plan to smuggle the player out of the country.

The suit filed in Miami by Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot lists Puig and his mother Maritza Valdes Gonzalez as defendants.

Corbacho Daudinot is serving a seven-year sentence of "prolonged detention and torture," which he alleges was caused by Puig and Gonzalez saying he was trying to hatch a plan to smuggle Puig out of Cuba.

Puig attempted to defect several times before signing with the Dodgers last year.

The $12 million Corbacho Daudinot seeks is equal to the signing bonus Puig received in his $42 million, seven-year deal.

Nats fire hitting coach

WASHINGTON - The slumping Washington Nationals have fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein, who paid the price for the team's offensive woes this season.

Washington entered play Monday stuck in a three-game losing streak and a disappointing 48-50 record.

The team is tied for 28th overall in runs and ranks 27th in batting average. Eckstein was hired as the Nationals' batting coach before the 2009 season.

He was the longest-tenured hitting coach in the NL East.

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