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BASEBALL

Cubs’ Garza to miss week with side injury

– Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has a mild side strain and is expected to miss only a week of spring training camp.

Garza strained his side while throwing live batting practice Sunday, when he faced batters for the first time since last July. He underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a “mild strain” in his side, Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said.

“We’re probably going to let him rest for about a week, make sure he’s pain-free, at which point he can ramp back up his throwing,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “I think it’s safe to say it pushes back his first Cactus League start. But what it means for the regular season, it’s clearly much too early to say. We felt like it was really good news, it’s just a mild strain.”

Hoyer said Garza is in good spirits. The 29-year-old went 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA last season but didn’t make any starts after July 21 because of an elbow issue.

The right-hander reported to camp in great shape, and Hoyer said the injury was not related to any lack of conditioning by Garza.

“He looks great,” Hoyer said. “His body looks different. This guy worked his butt off this winter. He was sort of like a caged animal. He couldn’t do a lot for a long time and once he got a chance to work out fully, he looks fantastic. This has nothing to do with how he came into camp. I believe him when he said he came in in his best shape. He looks like it.”

Johnson auction

Walter Johnson’s family is putting some keepsakes up for auction.

A ticket from Game 7 of the 1924 World Series is one of the items up for bids Saturday at Heritage Auctions in New York. It’s thought to be the only surviving ticket from the game that still has its perforations intact, having never been torn by a ticket-taker.

Other items include the personalized framed copy of Johnson’s plaque from his Hall of Fame induction and a handwritten congratulatory letter from Ty Cobb.

Around the leagues

Pittsburgh and manager Clint Hurdle, 55, agreed to a contract extension that runs through at least the end of the 2014 season. Terms were not disclosed but the deal includes a club option for 2015. Pittsburgh is 151-173 in two seasons under Hurdle. …

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes (upper-back stiffness) will be sidelined for a few days. Hughes was hurt Monday during a defensive drill covering first base. …

Atlanta will retire Chipper Jones’ number and induct him into the team’s Hall of Fame on June 28.

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