When general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that Matt Garza is expected to be back in a Cubs uniform in 2013, it temporarily ended speculation the Cubs would try to trade Garza this offseason.

The Cubs waited too long this summer and watched Garza come up with an elbow injury 10 days before the trade deadline.

"As long as someone keeps wanting me to play, I'm all for it," Garza said. "I'm not looking ahead to anything. I'm just trying to get where I can get back on the field and start playing again."

While it seems unlikely, Garza said he was hopeful he could come back from his right elbow stress reaction injury before the end of this season, calling it a "minor" injury.