Results tagged ‘ Carlos Silva ’

8/9 Silva update

Carlos Silva underwent successful cardiac ablation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Monday. He had a procedure known as Radio Frequency Catheter Ablation (RFCA) performed to prevent recurrence of his paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). The procedure lasted approximately two hours and was performed by Bradley Knight, M.D.

He was discharged home from Northwestern Memorial Hospital later Monday after
a normal period of observation. At this time, the expectation is Silva will begin light activity this week and begin a throwing program by the start of next week.

– Carrie Muskat

8/6 Silva to have diagnostic test

Carlos Silva, who was pulled from his last start because of an abnormal heart rate, will undergo a diagnostic test Monday that could potentially include a cardiac ablation. Silva, 31, has been evaluated since he returned from Denver on Monday. He was hospitalized overnight in Denver after being pulled from Sunday’s game after four batters. He was expected to pitch again this year.

The pitcher can look to the quick recovery of former Cubs infielder Mark DeRosa, who underwent a cardiac ablation in Spring Training 2008 because of an abnormal heart rate. DeRosa was back in action about two weeks after the procedure.

The diagnostic test Monday involves having a catheter inserted through his groin area. Doctors are looking for an abnormal pathway that is causing the irregular heart beat.

– Carrie Muskat

8/4 Silva still being tested

Carlos Silva was able to play catch Wednesday but is still undergoing tests to determine what caused the abnormal heart rate that forced him out of his last start.

Silva was pulled Sunday after facing four batters in Colorado, spent the night at a Denver hospital, and flew back to Chicago Monday. He was being examined by cardiologist Mark Upton.

Silva was placed on the disabled list Monday to give him time to get treatmeent. But during his throw session Wednesday, he showed he hasn’t lost his stuff.

“He throws a pretty good sinker,” said Carlos Zambrano, who played catch with Silva under the watchful eye of athletic trainer Mark O’Neal. “I thought I had a good sinker but I think he’s close or similar to my sinker.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/2 A historic call-up

For Casey Coleman, his call-up to the big leagues on Monday is historic. His father, Joe, and his grandfather, Joe, both pitched in the big leagues, and they are the first family in Major League history to have three generations of pitchers in the show. His father was excited at the news.

“It’s big,” Coleman said. “A lot of people have asked me about it growing up and all the way high school and college and now. To be able to follow through on it is great.”

His father, Joe, played from 1965-79, and made the 1972 All-Star Game with the Tigers. He faced Cubs manager Lou Piniella as well. Casey’s grandfather, Joe, had a 10-year Major League career from 1942-55, including an All-Star season in 1948.

Casey never saw either pitch, but his father does rib him a little because Dad was a power pitcher. Casey isn’t.

“It’s good to live up to the family name — I’m helping out my dad and grandpa’s name,” Casey said. “There’s been a lot of pressure but it’s good pressure and it’s fueled me. I’ve really wanted to do this for a long time.”

Coleman was 10-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts at Iowa. He has struck out 59 in 117 1/3 innings, and was holding batters to a .243 average. He doesn’t overpower hitters and has been compared more to Greg Maddux. Not only that, but he’s also been tutored by Maddux, now an assistant to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

Maddux was with the Iowa team during a trip to Reno, and Coleman said the four-time Cy Young winner sat in the dugout and talked to him between innings.

“I can really relate to him, being a two-seam guy who doesn’t overpower guys,” Coleman said. “It was really cool to have insight from him.”

On Monday, he was assigned to the bullpen but Coleman also took turns during batting practice with the other pitchers. With Carlos Silva on the 15-day DL, the Cubs will need another starter. Acting manager Alan Trammell said they would determine the rotation once Lou Piniella returns from Tampa, Fla., where he was attending his uncle’s funeral. Piniella was expected back Tuesday.

– Carrie Muskat

8/2 Silva placed on 15-day DL

Carlos Silva, removed from Sunday’s game because of an abnormal heart rate, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday so he can be evaluated by a cardiologist.  Silva said this isn’t the first time he’s experienced a quick heart rate but thought the problem was simply game-related adrenaline.

“There needs to be some evaluation and tests done instead of putting some sort of quick timetable and everyone saying, ‘When is he going to pitch?'” acting manager Alan Trammell said Monday. “At no time was he ever in any life-threatening situation.”

Silva, 31, remained in Denver overnight Sunday and flew back to Chicago Monday afternoon. He will be examined by specialists, including Chicago cardiologist Mark Upton.

What happened at Coors Field on Sunday?

“When I was throwing my bullpen, I was feeling like my heart was beating very fast,” Silva said.

Assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur went to the mound after Silva faced two batters but the pitcher stayed in the game. After giving up hits to the next two batters, Cubs catcher Geovany Soto signaled to the dugout and head trainer Mark O’Neal went to the mound and Silva was pulled.

“That’s the last thing you want to do is come out of the game,” Silva said, trying to spare the overworked bullpen from another long day. “Before, when that happened, I’d take deep breaths and try to calm down and that’s what I had in my mind is if I did that, I’d be fine. It kept getting worse and worse.”

The Cubs medical staff was unaware Silva had heart issues before but it could be because Silva never mentioned it and was able to get it under control. He’s also experienced the increased heart rate in non-game situations.

“I always thought it was something like adrenaline or being anxious being in the game,” he said. “The thing was it always went away.”

Now, the Cubs want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It was a very scary moment,” Silva said. “I was feeling bad but when they put me in the ambulance, I think it was the first time I ever put my family before baseball. The only thing I could think of was my kids, my family. It’s very tough to be in that situation.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/1 Carlos Silva update

Carlos Silva was pulled from Sunday’s game in the first inning because of an abnormal heart rate and he was taken to a local hospital where he will remain overnight for evaluation.

Dexter Fowler flew out to center to start the Rockies’ first and Silva then walked Jonathan Herrera. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild and assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur went to the mound to check on the right-hander, but he stayed in the game.

“They thought it was just the altitude,” Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said.

Silva initially complained about having difficulty breathing.

Carlos Gonzalez then singled and Troy Tulowitski hit a ground-rule RBI double, and catcher Geovany Soto signaled to the Cubs’ dugout. Rothschild and head athletic trainer Mark O’Neal then went to the mound and Silva was pulled.

“I went out to him and said, ‘Are you all right?'” Soto said. “He said, ‘Yes, my heart’s racing a little bit.’ He was making funny faces and I went back and said, ‘What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘My heart’s racing.’ I called down [to the dugout].

“[Silva] said, ‘I don’t want to come out of this game,'” Soto said. “But that’s not a finger or a muscle. You’ve got to take care of that. It’s the ticker. You’ve got to be careful.”

Silva had an extremely high pulse and paramedics diagnosed it as PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia), which is an abnormal heart rate. It was corrected as the right-hander was taken to the St. Jospeph’s Hospital, where he will remain overnight.

– Carrie Muskat

8/1 Silva update

Carlos Silva was pulled from Sunday’s game in the first inning because of illness and was being evaluated by the Cubs. Silva faced four batters and threw 15 pitches, eight for strikes. Dexter Fowler flew out to center to start the Rockies’ first and Silva then walked Jonathan Herrera. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild and assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur went to the mound to check on the right-hander, but he stayed in the game.

Carlos Gonzalez then singled and Troy Tulowitski hit a ground-rule RBI double, and catcher Geovany Soto signaled to the Cubs’ dugout. Rothschild and head athletic trainer Mark O’Neal then went to the mound and Silva was pulled.

It’s the third time in his last four starts that Silva has failed to pitch beyond the second inning. He went 1 1/3 innings on July 11 against the Dodgers before he was ejected for arguing a close play at first base. He was pulled after giving up five runs on seven hits in one inning against the Astros on July 19.

– Carrie Muskat

7/21 Lineup & Silva

Kosuke Fukudome is starting in right field Wednesday and Tyler Colvin playing left as Alfonso Soriano gets a day off in the series finale vs. the Astros. Here’s the lineup:

LF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

RF Fukudome

C Hill

2B Theriot

P Lilly

* Also, Carlos Silva may be pushed back to give him more time on the side with pitching coach Larry Rothschild. As of now, Silva is scheduled to start Sunday but Ryan Dempster could go in his place.

– Carrie Muskat

7/19 Silva: "I got beat"

Lou Piniella and Larry Rothschild will sit down Tuesday to try and figure out what’s wrong with Carlos Silva. On Monday, Silva faced 11 batters in a five-run inning as the Astros collected seven hits. He opened the season 8-0 but now is 1-4 in his last seven starts and hasn’t gotten past the second inning in the last two. Monday was his shortest outing since he lasted two-thirds of an inning May 30, 2008, against Detroit. What happened?

“Silva — I don’t have an explanation,” Piniella said. “We have to get him straightened out.”

In his last two starts, Silva has served up 11 runs on 13 hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings.

“I don’t know if [the Cubs] have concerns,” Silva said. “I don’t. I’m still human. I felt very good today. I’ll just get ready for the next game.”

It’s the fourth time a Cubs starter has given up five or more runs in the first. Carlos Zambrano did so Opening Day, April 5, and Randy Wells did it twice (May 6 at Pittsburgh and May 28 vs. St. Louis).

“Carlos throws strikes and I think they made a point to come out aggressive,” said Chicago’s Derrek Lee, who had three hits, including two doubles. “He probably threw too many strikes tonight. I’m sure he’ll make the adjustment. I thought his stuff was fine. He was just probably getting too much of the plate and they were aggressive and ready for it.”

Silva had some problems with his right leg but has not loitering in the trainer’s room. He planned on watching video Tuesday to see if he was tipping pitches.

“It’s going to happen,” Silva said. “These things are going to happen. Today I felt really good but I got beat. Everything I was throwing, they were hitting.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/19 Silva's early exit

Carlos Silva made an early exit for the second straight start. On Monday, the Astros sent 11 batters to the plate in the first and rapped seven hits, including a single by pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, to open a 5-0 lead. Hunter Pence hit a two-run single, and Carlos Lee added a two-run double with another run scoring when Chris Johnson grounded into a double play.

It’s the fourth time this season a Cubs starter has given up five or more runs in the first this season. Here are the other three:

April 5: Carlos Zambrano gave up five runs in first on Opening Day to Braves.

May 6: Randy Wells was charged with five runs at Pittsburgh.

May 28: The Cardinals collected five runs off Wells in the first.

After 41 pitches, Silva was lifted. In his last two starts, the right-hander has given up 11 runs on 13 hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings. This was his shortest start since lasting two-thirds of an inning May 30, 2008, against Detroit while with Seattle.

– Carrie Muskat
 

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