Matt Garza starts vs. Reds

The Chicago Cubs activated pitcher Matt Garza from the disabled list, and he started against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Garza lasted just four innings in his return, giving up four runs in an 8-2 loss.

"Physically I felt fine," Garza said. "I was a little off. That's not what I wanted. I wanted to come with five or six strong (innings) and do what I usually do. I felt strong. I think it was just mainly 17 days of not facing a hitter."

To make room for Garza, the Cubs optioned reliever Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa.

Garza went on the DL on May 21 after complaining of right elbow pain during his side session on May 19. An MRI revealed he had a right elbow contusion.

Garza, who threw a second side session on Friday, entered Monday leading all starters in baseball with 10.99 strikeouts per nine innings. He was 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA in his first season with the Cubs.

Maine had a 10.29 ERA in seven games with the Cubs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.