Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza said he considers his right elbow stress reaction a "minor" injury and is hopeful of returning later this season.

"I fought so long with them, 'I'll be able to come back, I'll be able to come back,'" he said. "They just said they've had enough and let's see what else is in there. It's nothing bad. Doc just said a little rest and let's get it over with."

Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Monday after his elbow stiffened up Sunday after a bullpen session the previous day, when he said, "You better believe it" when asked if he'd be able to pitch that week.