Right-hander Matt Garza underwent an MRI exam this week after complaining of cramping in his right triceps. The results came back clean and ''real positive,'' manager Dale Sveum said Friday.

''There was a trace of fluid where the cramping was in the triceps,'' Sveum said. ''He's doing better, but we'll wait to see what his throwing program will be.''

With Garza not expected to throw until later next week, the Cubs are left without a scheduled starter for Monday, and the trade possibilities surrounding Garza are in limbo as well.

Garza and rotation mate Ryan Dempster continue to draw the most rumors, though Cubs officials had nothing new to report Friday.

Dempster, who took part in his normal off-day routines, is scheduled to start Tuesday. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. that day.

''I don't care who you are, it's distracting,'' Sveum said. ''It's here, and you know it's part of the game, but you want to move on.''

Sveum said he and Dempster had ''a real good talk'' after Dempster's dugout tantrum in Pittsburgh after being taken out of a game Wednesday.