Matt Garza is ready to return to the rotation, which turns up the decision-making process now on the pitching staff.
After another quality outing with Class AAA Iowa, Garza wants to start pitching again, and manager Dale Sveum admitted Friday the righthander has done everything the team wanted.
``He was really good [Thursday night], very efficient with 75 pitchings in six innings, six strikeouts, his slider was better,'' Sveum said. ``Everything went according to plan and he stepped up. I like that.
``We could send him out again [on rehab], but he did what he was supposed to do.''
A decision on activating Garza--and deciding how the rotation changes--could come Saturday.
Sveum said Garza's durability isn't a question now.
``We've taken this slow. His durability is fine. He worked so hard, so that's probably the last thing we have to worry about with him.''
Carlos Villanueva came back from Thursday's off day with a new look--a trimmed, short beard replacing the pronounced handlebar mustache style.