Cubs right-hander Matt Garza still hasn't thrown since being being put on the disabled list in early August with a right elbow stress reaction, and Sveum said Saturday there is no timetable for the right-hander to begin throwing. Sveum said they want to make sure Garza is completely healed, though the Cubs expect him to be ready for Spring Training.
Sveum hadn't heard the news about Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, who asked to be taken out of consideration for the NL batting title after being suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, until Saturday. Sveum was pleased with Cabrera's decision.
"He should take himself out, as far as I'm concerned," Sveum said. "It's a stand-up thing to do, to face the music so to speak, and stand up and do that.
All three of the Cubs' victories on their homestand entering Saturday have featured a pitcher earning his first win. Starter Chris Rusin did so Sept. 14 against Pittsburgh, Jeff Beliveau earned his in relief Sunday against the Reds, and Alberto Cabrera's scoreless 11th inning Friday against the Cardinals earned him the win.
Third baseman Luis Valbuena was out on Saturday and is day to day with right knee soreness.