Tag:Carlos Silva
Posted on: August 9, 2010 7:27 pm

Silva has successful procedure

Cubs starter Carlos Silva will start a throwing program by the beginning of next week after he underwent a cardiac ablation in Chicago on Monday to prevent his rapid heartbeat.

The Cubs said it was a "successful" surgery -- but really, does that mean anything other than he didn't die or end up with an extra appendage (or one fewer) that he started with? Anyway, I'd seen the term before but didn't know what it was. It's basically putting catheters into a blood vessel (usually in the groin or neck) and winding it to the heart, where electrodes take measurements and then can send out some crazy electric currents to correct it. It sound horrifying to me, but is apparently pretty safe and there's a high success rate.

So, it's good news for Silva, one of the few bright spots for the Cubs this season. Traded in the offseason by Seattle to Chicago for fellow problem child Milton Bradley, Silva's gone 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA.

Silva left a start against the Rockies on Aug. 1 due to that irregular heartbeat.

The Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan also notes Derrek Lee left the team on Monday to go to Sacramento to be with his ailing grandfather in Sacramento.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 6, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:45 pm

Cubs' Silva to undergo more tests

Carlos Silva Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva may have a procedure to correct a heart problem, the team announced on Friday.

Silva has seen the Cubs' cardiologist and on Monday will undergo a diagnostic procedure to determine whether or not to perform a cardiac ablation. If he has the procedure, recovery time is 10-14 days, the team said.

On Sunday Silva left a game in Denver with an accelerated heartbeat and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 2, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 6:40 pm

Cubs' Silva released from hospital, hits DL

Good news out of Denver for the Cubs' Carlos Silva, presented in 140 characters by the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan :

Silva was taken to the hospital on Sunday after leaving the Cubs' game against the Rockies with a high heart rate .

UPDATE : Silva has hit the disabled list. Casey Coleman and Thomas Diamond have been recalled (one of the pitchers takes the place of the just-traded Ted Lilly). Diamond will start Tuesday, while Coleman figures to take Silva's spot. -- Evan Brunell

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:21 pm

Cubs' Silva hospitalized

The Cubs' Carlos Silva will spend tonight in a Denver hospital after experiencing an abnormally high heart rate during his start on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan reports .

According to Sullivan's report, the problem was corrected in the ambulance to the hospital, but he will remain there overnight for observation.

Sliva left the game against the Rockies after four batters and 15 pitches. Silva gave up two hits and walked a batter before leaving having recorded one out. He was credited with two runs and got the loss for the Cubs.

Silva fell to 10-5, but has been one of the few bright spots for the Cubs this season after being traded from Seattle in exchange for fellow problem child Milton Bradley.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:49 am

Cubs selling, but is anyone buying?

Alfonso Soriano Anyone want overpriced, underperforming baseball players?

Well, the Chicago Cubs are having a sale and they hope everything will go.

The Chicago Tribune writes :
Several baseball sources have confirmed to us that the Cubs are ramping up their efforts in the trade market to start clearing the books of cumbersome salaries.

In addition, it is expected that the team's ownership will address the media soon to assess the club's direction, especially if the team continues to struggle before the trading deadline.

"It has been very difficult for the family and the team the first half of the season," Tom Ricketts told season ticket holders Thursday at Wrigley Field. "This is not where the family wanted to be in the first half of the season.
The problem is, who wants what the Cubs are selling?

• A .276/.348/.548 guy with 15 homers and 43 RBI sounds pretty good, except that he's a liability in any defensive position and he's under contract through 2014 at $18 million per year (and a full no-trade clause).

• A middle reliever with more than $30 million left on his contract and a reputation as somewhat of a hothead.

• A broken-down corner infielder due $14.6 million next season hitting .195/.254/.350 with nine homers and 30 RBI.

• How about an extra outfielder due $13.5 million next season who is hitting .259/.357/.429 with eight homers, 26 RBI and has been caught staking as many times as he's stolen a bag (four)?

• A decent starter (7-7, 3.61 ERA 120 strikeouts, 43 walks in 122 innings) who makes $13.5 million next season and has an option for $14 million in 2012.

• A former All-Star first baseman who has only what's left on his $13 million contract for this season, but is hitting .230/.327/.367 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

It's not all bad, though. There are guys other teams may want, like Ted Lilly (3-7, 3.76 ERA), who is a free agent after the season, but does have a no-trade clause. He's the most likely to be traded, because people actually want him.

Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96) is having a great season, but has a checkered past and is owned $11.5 million next season and has a $12 mutual option for 2012.

Closer Carlos Marmol would bring a decent prospect in return, and Sean Marshall would also be worthy to many teams as a set-up man, but both are more valuable for the Cubs on the team than as a trade piece.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:33 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 1:35 am

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

Carlos Zambrano Could Carlos Zambrano's explosion on Friday have been part of a master plan?

Kevin Millar, currently an analyst on the MLB Network, says that Zambrano told him on the phone that the original plan had been for fellow pitcher Carlos Silva to blow up in the dugout in an attempt to spark the team.

"He told me a week before that he wanted to get Carlos Silva to do something to the team because he's doing well and Carlos Zambrano said that he knew that he wasn't the right guy to do this at this time because of his struggles," Millar said on MLB Tonight according to the Chicago Tribune . "I said: 'You can't say the team's playing like girls. … You can't say that this whole team that's not clicking for some reason' or 'We're not playing hard' because he's a big part of that problem."

Unfortunately, Z didn't heed his advice and did just that Friday, calling out some of his teammates and using derogatory terms.

Silva couldn't recall any conversation with Zambrano but did say that the volatile right-hander asked Silva "to get mad once." That occurred a few weeks ago when the Cubs had just lost to Houston and had to travel to Pittsburgh for a makeup game. But that never sounded palatable to Silva.

"I would never do anything like that to embarrass the team," he said.

Zambrano is currently being evaluated by doctors to determine the next step in addressing Zambrano's issues.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 27, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2010 2:04 pm

Zambrano Watch: Day 3

Carlos Zambrano Another day, another day full of Carlos Zambrano drama.

The short history for you if you've missed it all: Zambrano stunk against the White Sox, continued his tired baby act in the dugout, was pulled from the game, got in a screaming match with Derrek Lee, got sent to the clubhouse, then sent home, was suspended indefinitely by the team, ruffled feathers by going out to dinner with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen that night and then manager Lou Piniella said if the Cubs re-instate Zambrano, he'll be headed to the bullpen. And that's as short as I can make the roundup.

So, what's up today? First off, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are expected to meet today about the suspension.

"It's really kind of a day or two away from knowing any more than that," general manager Jim Hendry tells the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan .

The Cubs would like to replace Zambrano on the roster, but are now playing with 24 men until the Zambrano situation is resolved.

Secondly, Piniella said nobody in team management has talked to Zambrano since Friday's outburst.

Thirdly, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Gordon Wittenmyer has talked to a friend of Zambrano who gives his side of the story.

Here's what Wittenmyer wrote:

And Zambrano already is calling his actions Friday ''completely misunderstood'' and blaming Derrek Lee for turning it into a big deal by confronting him during his ranting and raving after the White Sox' four-run first inning.

''All he wanted to do was pump the team up. It was completely misunderstood,'' a source close to Zambrano said, adding that Lee ''took it personal'' and told Zambrano to ''shut the f--- up.''

Yet team sources say Zambrano's rant -- much of which was in Spanish -- included yelling, ''This team is horse s----!''

That's when Lee is caught on camera intervening and telling Zambrano to shut up.

They had to be separated.

So, about Zambrano's version?

''That's not the way we see it,'' said Alfonso Soriano, who planned to call Zambrano on Saturday night. ''If he explains, maybe we can see it the way his friend sees it. But what he said wasn't right.''

As one Cub put it, ''Anybody who believes [Zambrano's version] must be smoking something.''

Asked if teammates could forgive Zambrano, Soriano said, ''I don't know.'' 


Wittenmyer also adds that pitcher Carlos Silva, in his first year with the club, is Zambrano's "only" friend on the club and the rest of the club is hoping Zambrano isn't a Cub much longer.

There's little doubt this story will end in typical Cub fashion -- neither well, nor soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 1:07 am

Piniella on Bradley: 'I wish him the best'

Lou Piniella They probably didn't go out to dinner after the game, but Cubs manager Lou Piniella was at least diplomatic when talking about Milton Bradley.

The Cubs on Tuesday opened a three-game series in Seattle, where Piniella managed for 10 years. Bradley is with the Mariners this year after a disastrous season in Chicago and an even more disastrous (from the Mariners' perspective) trade between the Mariners and Cubs (who got the resurgent Carlos Silva and a load of cash in the deal).

Piniella and Bradley clashed repeatedly last season, including an incident in which Piniella sent the outfielder home in the middle of the game. Bradley left a Mariners game in May by his own choice, then took a two-week leave of absence. He said he went for counseling after his on-field struggles caused him to have thoughts of suicide.

"I'm glad that he's gotten some good help," Piniella told reporters Tuesday afternoon, as reported by the Chicago Tribune . "I'd like to see Milton do well. He was with us a year in Chicago and he did what he could. He came here to Seattle, and we like to see our ex-players do well, and Milton is no exception."

Did Piniella plan on speaking with Bradley?

"If I see him," he replied. "But I'm sure he's doing the best that he can and I wish him the best."

The same could not be said of the large contingent of Cubs fans at Safeco Field, who loudly booed Bradley when he came to the plate.

-- David Andriesen

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