8/18 Soto & Silva updates

Geovany Soto hit off a batting tee for the second day Wednesday and has yet to take batting practice but he is on schedule to be activated Sunday from the disabled list. Soto hit off the tee for the first time since going on the disabled list Aug. 7 with a sprained ligament in his right shoulder.

“I think as far as Geo’s concerned, he’s on track for Sunday, unless there’s a setback,” Lou Piniella said Wednesday.

* Pitcher Carlos Silva, hoping to return to the rotation after undergoing a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rate, threw 40 pitches on the side Wednesday. It was his second bullpen session since he had the cardiac ablation on Aug. 9. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was to meet with the medical staff to discuss the next step for Silva (10-5, 3.92 ERA), which most likely will include a Minor League rehab start.

– Carrie Muskat

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