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Garza makes successful first rehab start

Veteran right-hander threw five innings Wednesday for Triple-A Colorado Springs
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CINCINNATI -- Brewers right-hander Matt Garza moved a step closer to coming off the disabled list Wednesday, but his Minor League rehab start was not without its anxious moments.

Garza worked five encouraging innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs in a game at Memphis that was delayed 10-15 minutes when a fan sitting behind home plate experienced a medical emergency. Both teams were asked to leave the field while emergency personnel treated the fan. According to WREG.com, the fan's current condition is not known.

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CINCINNATI -- Brewers right-hander Matt Garza moved a step closer to coming off the disabled list Wednesday, but his Minor League rehab start was not without its anxious moments.

Garza worked five encouraging innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs in a game at Memphis that was delayed 10-15 minutes when a fan sitting behind home plate experienced a medical emergency. Both teams were asked to leave the field while emergency personnel treated the fan. According to WREG.com, the fan's current condition is not known.

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"That was not something I've ever seen before," Garza said Thursday after rejoining the Brewers in Cincinnati. "I had to work on my rain delay routine for a little while there."

Garza, on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin stain, cruised through an otherwise uneventful evening. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks, striking out four while throwing 72 pitches, 42 for strikes.

"It went great," Garza said. "I used all my pitches effectively, and the velocity is back where it should be."

Garza said his fastball was around 94-97 mph.

"[Memphis] took a good approach, really disciplined," Garza said. "I felt like it was a good test."

The next scheduled rehab start for Garza is Monday for Colorado Springs in Nashville. The plan is for Garza to rejoin the Brewers after that outing.

"The reports were that he had good velocity, a good slider and used all his pitches," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "It was a very good outing for him."

Worth noting

• Third baseman Travis Shaw said he last attended a game at Great American Ball Park while in high school in nearby Washington Court House, Ohio. He will now frequent the home of the Reds more frequently as a member of the Brewers.

"The first thing I thought of when I was traded [from Boston] to Milwaukee is that I'm in the NL Central now, and I have a lot of friends and family who can watch me play more," Shaw said.

His father, Jeff Shaw, pitched for the Reds and four other Major League teams.

• Catcher Andrew Susac (trapezius tightness), who missed most of the second half of Spring Training, began a rehab assignment with Colorado Springs on Thursday.

Andy Call is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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