Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs is five weeks away and manager Dale Sveum is hopeful injured pitcher Matt Garza will be ready.

"We don't like to project anything right now until we know when he's going to get out and toss," Sveum said before the Cubs played the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. "If that goes OK then we just move forward with the normal progression of a spring training. If he's capable of tossing in a few days I don't see why he wouldn't be ready for Opening Day."

Garza injured himself in a live batting practice session on Feb. 17. An MRI the next day showed a mild strain of his left lat.

"(Monday) he said he felt really good," Sveum said. "Better than yesterday. It seems like every day he's getting better and better, can't put a timetable on it, but looks like he might be throwing here in a few days if everything is going good."