Tag:Carlos Silva
Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Cubs looking to fill rotation from within

James Russell Left-hander James Russell will compete for a spot in the Cubs' starting rotation, manager Mike Quade told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan .

Russell was 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA in 57 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cubs as a rookie in 2010. He struck out 42 in 49 innings, while walking 11 and allowing 55 hits. He gave up 11 home runs, two for every nine innings pitched.

"I don't get too worked up early on, because, bang, all of a sudden you blink and things change," Quade said. "All of a sudden you've got two additions [in Matt Garza and Kerry Wood] who have specific roles and have earned them, and now it puts the kids and a lot of the other people in flux. The idea that you can never have enough pitching is huge. We'll see how the back end looks as it shakes out."

Garza, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are already pencilled in for the team's rotation, with Russell, Carlos Silva, Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija battling for the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Cubs talking trades for starters

The Cubs are looking for pitching -- not only talking to the Rays about Matt Garza, but also talking about swapping left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny for right-handed starter Armando Galarraga, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat writes .

The Cubs have Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Randy Wells at the top of their rotation. The team still has Carlos Silva under control, but his status remains murky, leaving a competition between Gorzelanny, Casey Coleman and Jeff Samardzija for the last two spots of the rotation.

The team has reportedly talked to representatives for Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis, as well.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:28 am
 

Bradley surprisingly supports Wedge hiring

Milton Bradley As soon as Eric Wedge was hired as the Mariners' manager, the focus turned to his relationship with Milton Bradley.

Bradley was traded from the Indians to the Dodgers before the 2004 season after a spring training incident with Wedge, then the Indians' manager.

Monday, Bradley texted the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone, writing , "Whatever took place was six or seven years ago and I'm over it."

Bradley also texted Stone: "He was a disciplinarian and I felt our team lacked discipline last year. Hopefully, he instills some of that."

Stone also did some homework looking into the incident of 2004 in a separate blog post . He digs up an old quote from Sports Illustrated in which Bradley said, "it was strictly a problem with Eric Wedge. Some people want to be bigger than they are. You have no credentials, you have no history of anything, how are you going to tell someone else what he needs to be doing? I can't respect somebody that has nothing to go on."

Bradley also allegedly wore a "F--- Eric Wedge" t-shirt with the Dodgers.

It will be interesting to see what Wedge has to say about the incident in his press conference on Tuesday, but he certainly already answered similar questions during the interview process. Bradley is owed $12 million for the last year of his contract in 2011, and would be difficult to trade without either eating a healthy bite of the contract or taking on another bad contract (which is how he ended up in Seattle). Stone notes Pittsburgh could be a match, not with a bad contract, but with a GM willing to put up with Bradley's crap in Neal Huntington, who was with Bradley in Montreal.

Bradley hit .205/.292/.348 with eight homers in 73 games after being swapped for Carlos Silva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:31 am
 

Silva may be shut down for year

Carlos Silva Sounds like it's time for Carlos Silva to call it a year.

The right-hander went on the disabled list on August 2 with heart troubles, and came off September 7, taking the mound. Silva then missed his next start with a right elbow strain and now looks unlikely to make it back onto the mound before the close of the season comes.

"The thought of him getting built up in time for the last series -- you never rule anything out, but it would be very tough," manager Mike Quade told MLB.com . "My way of thinking is to just monitor him carefully. To rush somebody back for no apparent reason as opposed to getting him completely healthy would not make much sense to me. We'll continue his throwing program."

Silva had a major bounceback season after being nothing short of awful in his first two seasons as a Mariner after signing a four-year deal. Silva posted a 6.81 ERA and 5-18 record across 34 starts and two relief appearances for the M's before being part of a bad-contract swap for Milton Bradley. While Bradley has fizzled in Chicago, Silva thrived in the early going before stumbling to the finish line. Despite that, Silva has a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts, reclaiming his pinpoint command and whiffing 6.4 batters per nine -- far and over his previous high of 4.9, set out of the bullpen for Philadelphia in 2003.

"[Silva has] been around long enough and he's smart enough to know what you want and what you're capable of are two different things," Quade said. "In the next six, seven days of work, it'll tell him what he's capable of doing. If he's healthy, I'm sure he'd like to pitch. It's not time for me to get involved until we see a healthy side and maybe a simulated game."

The Cubs have 11 games remaining, so it's extremely unlikely Silva can pass enough tests and convince enough people to make one more start.

However, he's convinced plenty that he's still a major-leaguer, which is a major accomplishment given his history.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 18, 2010 5:54 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Cubs' 2011 rotation up in air

Carlos Silva The Cubs expect to enter 2011 with Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster atop the rotation, but past that is anyone's guess.

Current starters Carlos Silva (pictured), Randy Wells and Tom Gorzelanny stand a good chance of locking up the final three spots but will receive competition from Jeff Samardzija, Casey Coleman, Andrew Cashner and Chris Archer, reports the Chicago Tribune .

Silva will be entering the final year of a contract that pays out $6 million from the Cubs coffers (and $5.5 million from Seattle) and pitched impressively before being sidelined with heart problems. In 21 starts, Silva has a 4.22 ERA and should have no trouble locking down a spot.

Wells followed up an impressive rookie season with a less-impressive but still solid 4.46 ERA over 30 starts as a 27-year-old. Wells has pitched better than his ERA, so should also find the going easy to retain his rotation spot.

When it comes to Gorzelanny, things are less simple. The lefty has a 3.90 ERA in 21 starts and six relief appearances, but questions remain if his future is in the rotation or bullpen.

It's possible one of the assorted candidates could overtake Gorzelanny.

Samardzija is out of options for 2011 so will need to stick on the big-league team. He split the season between starting and relieving in Triple-A and is struggling to find his footing in the majors. It's not likely Chicago will hand him a rotation spot, so look for the former Fighting Irish wide receiver to kick the season off in the bullpen.

Coleman, at 22, probably is ticketed for the Triple-A rotation. He posted a 4.07 ERA in 117 1/3 innings over 20 starts at the level in 2010 and has a 5.11 mark through 37 innings. He demonstrates zero aptitude for whiffing batters and doesn't have strong command.

Archer was the organization's minor league player of the year, splitting the year between advanced-Class A and Double-A as a starter. He totaled a 2.34 mark in 27 starts and one relief appearances, striking out 149 and walking 65 in 142 1/3 innings. The 21-year-old has electric stuff and could make a big case in spring training but it's hard to imagine the Cubs rushing him to the bigs.

That leaves Cashner, who is unsure of his future role with the Cubs. The 23-year-old earned a promotion to the majors by being near-unhittable in the minors early on. He has a 5.37 mark in the bigs over 47 relief appearances and has shown the stuff to be a top-tier setupman.

"I don't know if I'll be getting ready as a starter or a reliever," he told the Tribune . "And I don't care. Pitching is pitching, As long as I get to do a little hunting this winter, I'm happy."

The Cubs could elect to move Cashner back to the rotation and evaluate him in spring training. That's completely fine with the righty.

"I said three weeks ago I have six weeks to make the team, and that's what I'm going to do," the 2008 first-rounder said. "Showcase that I can pitch here and worry about next year during spring training ."

It's more likely you see the current starting five open 2011 still in the rotation, but the stable of young pitching on the way up means things may be changing in the next few years. Silva and Dempster's deals are done after 2011 while Zambrano follows the year after.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 6:13 pm
 

Silva scratched, could be done

Carlos Silva
Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva, roughed up last week in his return from a stint on the disabled list with a heart issue, has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start with an elbow strain.

Silva missed more than a month after he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and underwent a minor surgical procedure. He made only two rehab starts and might have been rushed back when the Cubs needed a replacement for the injured Tom Gorzelanny. The Astros scored six times against him in five innings last Tuesday.

Silva was one of the surprise stories of the early season, winning his first eight starts in Chicago after being traded for Milton Bradley in a bad-contract swap. Silva is 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA on the season, and even if he never throws another pitch, the Cubs still are the unquestioned victors in that trade.

The Cubs are out of contention, have 19 games left and a clubhouse full of callups they can put on the mound. There's no reason to risk anything with Silva, so it would be no surprise for them to shut him down.

Jeff Samardzija, who went 11-3 at Triple-A this season, will take Silva's start Monday in St. Louis.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Some positives for Cubs

Carlos Zambrano There have been few positives for the Cubs this season, but Saturday provided two reasons for optimism.

Although there are plenty of unknowns for the Cubs in 2011, the team may have reason for cautious optimism (is there any other kind for the Cubs?) for the top of the rotation.

First, Carlos Zambrano once again pitched like a guy signed to a $91.5 million contract. In six starts since returning from his suspension, Zambrano has gone 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings on Saturday.

He also flashed something that has long been absent on the field -- maturity. The Cubs gave up a run when rookie Starlin Castro didn't get the tag down on a steal attempt following a strikeout.

"Of course you get upset at an easy double play like that, but then you realize the kid is still learning," Zambrano told the Chicago Tribune .

That's far from the guy who would get in a fight with a catcher or first baseman for a perceived missed play.

"Believe me, when I feel good and all my pitchers are working and I'm able to have the confidence to get anybody out," Zambrano said. "It's easier, because I know I have the pitches to dominate.

"When I don't have that confidence, it's tough. Because then I'm mad and I lose the confidence. Thank God lately I've been in control of the game and enjoying the game. That's the key, enjoying the game."

The Cubs' other Carlos, Silva, will start on Tuesday. Silva hasn't pitched since  Aug. 1 when he was pulled after four batters because of an abnormal heart rate. He underwent a cardiac ablation and has since made two rehab starts.

Silva, obtained in a bad-contract swap with the Mariners for Milton Bradley, is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA and shown signs of turning around his career.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 2, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Cubs' Gorzelanny to miss start

Tom Gorzelanny
Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who left during the third inning of his start Thursday when Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata lined a ball off his right hand, has a small fracture and will miss at least one start, says the Chicago Tribune.

A CT scan showed a small, incomplete hairline fracture beneath the nail of his pinky finger. Of more immediate concern is the swelling of his palm, which will determine when he can get back to pitching.

Carlos Silva, who has been on a rehab assignment after a heart procedure, could be ready to be called up and take Gorzelanny's next start.

-- David Andriesen

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