8/16 Carlos Silva update

Carlos Silva threw 25 pitches in the bullpen on Monday, the first time he’s thrown off a mound since undergoing a cardiac ablation one week ago to correct an abnormal heart rate, and was close to making a Minor League rehab start.

“It felt weird but it felt good,” Silva said of his session Monday.

Silva, who came out of his last start Aug. 1 after four batters, had a procedure known as radio frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) performed to prevent recurrence of his paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). The procedure was done Aug. 9.

The right-hander will have another side session Wednesday and then the Cubs medical team will determine the next step. Silva said he felt relieved after Monday’s session.

“Friday was the first time I threw [and played catch],” he said. “I told the trainer I don’t know if it’s mental or what, but I felt like I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I felt loose, that nothing is going to happen. I know nothing bad is going to happen.”

Silva (10-5, 3.92 ERA) said the medical staff told him he’ll feel the difference quickly.

“[The doctor] said, ‘You won’t be as tired any more and this will be better for you,'” Silva said.

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

Personally I found laying off butterbuggers and thick shakes helped – but then I’m not a professional athlete!

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