Results tagged ‘ Carlos Silva ’

9/7 Injury updates

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez did not start for the second straight game because of a sore right quad. He continued to get treatment and was not available to pinch-hit. His status was day to day. The Cubs called up infielder Bobby Scales from Triple-A Iowa as insurance.

Pitcher Tom Gorzelanny threw on the side but has not been penciled into the rotation yet. With the return of Carlos Silva from the disabled list and Jeff Samardzija joining the team from Triple-A Iowa, the Cubs may tinker with their rotation. Right now, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are scheduled to pitch Friday and Saturday in Milwaukee. Casey Coleman is slated for Sunday but that may change.

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs lineup vs Astros

Aramis Ramirez (sore right quad) apparently is not ready to return so Jeff Baker is starting at third Tuesday against the Astros. Micah Hoffpauir is starting at first against right-hander Nelson Figueroa. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome
2B DeWitt
CF Byrd
1B Hoffpauir
LF Colvin
3B Baker
C Hill
SS Barney
P Silva

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Silva eager for Tuesday's start

Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva is looking forward to Tuesday’s start, his first since Aug. 1.

“I feel very good, I feel great,” Silva said Sunday. “My arm, my velocity, I feel really good.”

He’s had no trouble with his heart since his last start, when he was pulled after four batters because of an abnormal heart rate. He underwent a cardiac ablation on Aug. 9 and has felt strong.

“[The doctor] said I should feel a lot better than before and I should feel like a new guy,” Silva said. “That’s what I want to do is finish strong. What happened before is already gone, the bad things, the good things. Right now, the only thing I’m looking for is to finish strong and have a positive mind for next year. It’s like when you get hurt, you want to pitch one more game before the season ends because you want to be positive and feel healthy.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/4 Probable pitchers

The Cubs have set their pitching rotation for the upcoming series against the Astros. Rookie Casey Coleman will start Monday and be followed by Carlos Silva on Tuesday. Randy Wells will go Wednesday.

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Extra bases

Alfonso Soriano is batting .316 with seven runs, five doubles, a homer and six RBIs in his last 10 home games, dating to Aug. 16. Although his season totals don’t match the numbers Soriano has posted in the past, he’s happy with the year. “It’s more important for me to stay healthy,” he said.

* Starlin Castro has hit safely in his last five games and 10 of his last 12. He’s batting .385 with seven doubles and three RBIs in those dozen games and has 35 multi-hit games, third most amongst NL rookies. That’s the most by a Cubs rookie since Kosuke Fukudome had 39 multi-hit games in 2008. Castro is hitting .358 at Wrigley this year.

* James Russell became the fifth Cubs pitcher to pick up his first Major League win this season. His dad, Jeff Russell, a former big league pitcher, had sent a congratulatory text message after the game. “I hope it isn’t his last,” Mike Quade said of Russell.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride,” Russell said of the season, “but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

* Randy Wells now is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in his last seven starts. He’s 0-6 when he lasts less than six innings. The right-hander has tried to dismiss a sophomore jinx since the Cubs Convention in January.

“This whole year’s been a battle,” said Wells, who was 12-10 in 2009. “You put yourself in a mindset coming into Spring Training that this ‘sophomore jinx’ or whatever you guys call it isn’t real and you can work through it.

“The truth of the matter is, the biggest part of the sophomore jinx is mental and learning how to work through the bad times and work through the struggles,” he said. “A game like today, give up three in the first and you gather yourself and give your team a chance to come back and then you have two outs and the tying run on first or second, you have to bear down and I think that’s where I’ve been lacking throughout the year.”

Quade said there are reasons a player struggles in his second season. It could be teams have better scouting reports or opposing players know what to expect. Wells just needs to be more consistent.

“It’s a command thing with [Wells] and he has to keep working on that,” Quade said. “You have to remember he’s a converted catcher and he’s still learning.”

* The Cubs have yet to announce their starting rotation for Monday and Tuesday, but expect either Casey Coleman or Carlos Silva to start the two games vs. the Astros.

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Rotation update

The Cubs have tweaked their rotation for this weekend’s series vs. the Mets. Randy Wells will start Friday and be followed by Carlos Zambrano on Saturday and Ryan Dempster on Sunday. Carlos Silva or Casey Coleman will start Monday and Tuesday against the Astros, and then Wells will be back on the mound Wednesday. Tom Gorzelanny was expected to miss one start, possibly two because of a hairline fracture under the left nail of his pinkie.

– Carrie Muskat

9/2 Gorzelanny to miss start

Cubs pitcher Tom Gorzelanny will miss his next start after he was hit on the left hand by a line drive by the Pirates Jose Tabata. A CT scan Thursday of Gorzelanny’s hand showed a small incomplete hairline fracture underneath the pinkie finger, which is stable. His next start would have been Tuesday but the swelling needs to subside in his hand before he can resume baseball activities. The Cubs could insert Carlos Silva into the rotation in Gorzelanny’s spot Tuesday against the Astros.

– Carrie Muskat

9/2 Minor matters

On Wednesday, the Iowa Cubs scored nine runs in the ninth to beat Albuquerque, 15-13. Jason Dubois had two homers and Marquez Smith connected for the second straight game. Smith also drove in four runs. Dubois had six RBIs and was batting .444 in his last eight games.

Iowa has a tough final series against Memphis, starting Friday at Principal Park in Des Moines. The I-Cubs are in first place in the Northern Division.

* Brett Jackson hit his sixth home run to help Tennessee beat Jacksonville, 9-4. Jackson finished with three RBIs while Blake Lalli had two hits and was batting .391 in his last six games. Brandon Guyer and Russ Canzler each had three hits.

* Alberto Cabrera threw seven shutout innings to help Daytona beat Clearwater 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Michael Brenly, Mario Mercedes and Evan Crawford each had two hits. In the second game, Alex Maestri picked up his first save in a 5-2 win. Chris Siegfried picked up the win, giving up two hits over 2 1/3 innings.

* Carlos Silva took the loss in Peoria’s 7-0 loss to Kane County. Silva gave up five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings and struck out four in his second rehab outing.

* Cam Greathouse gave up three hits over six shutout innings to help Boise beat Spokane, 11-2. Dustin Harrington went 5-for-5 with one RBIs and Pierre LePage and Arismendy Alcantara each had three hits.

– Carrie Muskat

9/2 Silva rehab outing

Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva gave up five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings and took the loss in the Class A Peoria Chiefs’ 7-0 loss to Kane County Wednesday night. Silva threw 78 pitches in his second rehab outing. He cruised through the first 3 2/3 innings but in the fourth, issued a walk, a single and a three-run homer to Kane County’s Jason Christian.

The right-hander (10-5, 3.92 ERA) is coming back from a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rate on Aug. 9. He has not pitched for the Cubs since Aug. 1 when he was pulled after four batters because of the rapid heart rate. The next step for Silva will be determined after Cubs manager Mike Quade and pitching coach Larry Rothschild meet Friday.

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Cubs callups – or lack of

The Cubs did not call anyone up on Wednesday when Major League rosters can expand. They will be adding a pitcher soon when Carlos Silva finishes his rehab work. Silva was to start for Class A Peoria on Wednesday and throw about 70 pitches. He’s coming back following a procedure on his heart to correct an abnormal heart rate.

“We’d love to get him back,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said of Silva.

The Cubs will add catcher Welington Castillo on Friday.

“I’m happy with the roster here,” Quade said. “We’ve got Castillo in the wings and that’s a good thing. The third catcher is first and foremost. I haven’t asked for anybody. I do think it’s a
different deal when you’re a game behind a first-place club. For now, I’ve asked for nothing. Let the people in charge assess that.”

The Cubs were expected to add a few more players once Triple-A Iowa’s season is over. They are competing for a playoff spot. Quade could not confirm whether Jeff Samardzija would be added or not. With Silva returning, the Cubs will have six starters.

– Carrie Muskat

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