Cubs manager Dale Sveum said at a WGN-AM 720 luncheon Tuesday that Matt Garza is unlikely to return this season, as most speculated when Garza was put on the disabled list Aug. 6 for a right elbow stress reaction.

But later in the day at Wrigley Field, Sveum said he hasn't ruled out Garza's return just yet.

"We don't know that," Sveum said. "It's going to be very -- I don't want to say really unlikely he'll be back -- but it'll probably take a lot of hard work and for some things to happen in the healing process to get back because you're going to run out of time, basically to rehab. ... It'll be kind of tough, but some guys heal quicker than others."