3/21 Silva all smiles — his mother is coming

Carlos Silva had to come out of Sunday’s Cubs game against the Reds after two innings because of a tight right quad but it doesn’t matter. His mother arrives Monday.

Silva was lifted more as a precaution. He retired the first five batters he faced, then served up a solo homer to Laynce Nix in the Reds’ second. The right-hander threw three straight balls and pitching coach Larry Rothschild went to the mound. Silva stayed in for two more batters, then was lifted and threw 45 more pitches in the bullpen.

“I don’t think it’s going to be bad,” Silva said of the discomfort, which he said felt more like a cramp. “Let’s see how I feel [Monday].”

The right-hander will be all smiles when his mother, Zulay, arrives at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. She finally got a visa after being denied three years in a row. The last time she was in the U.S. was 2007. He was pitching for Minnesota that season and went 13-14.

“After that, I had brutal years,” Silva said. “Now, she got the visa back. Good stuff is going to happen.”

Silva isn’t embarrassed to admit he’s a momma’s boy.

“I’m going to be 31 years old in April,” he said, “but it’s hard for me to be away from my [mother]. To be honest, when it’s been time to come to Spring Training the last couple years and I knew she didn’t have a visa, it’s been brutal for her and for me. It’s like the end of the world for her. Finally, she’s coming.”

– Carrie Muskat

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