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Worth noting

• Matt Garza, who was on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury, was to be examined in mid to late November, Hoyer said. All signs are that Garza was making good progress in his rehab.

"It's a slow healing process and hopefully the scan shows a lot of growth," Hoyer said. "We are optimistic because of how he feels."

• The Cubs also are monitoring third baseman Ian Stewart's progress as he recovers from left wrist surgery in June. Stewart is arbitration eligible, and the Cubs don't have many third-base options in the system.

"Honestly, it's a position we're looking at very hard," Hoyer said. "Stewart is one possibility and that will be determined by health. We're looking at a lot of different avenues -- trade, free agency, etcetera, and it's not a position that's all that well represented in free agency this year. It's a challenge we have to figure out."