Minor injury news in the rotation – Carlos Silva is going to miss his scheduled start this week against his former team, the Seattle Mariners, while he rests a mildly strained hamstring. He hurt it this weekend against the Angels, resulting in an early removal from the game. The hope was the early exit and rest would get him back on track, but it’s going to take a couple extra days.
“He tweaked it pretty good the other day, and we had to get him out of the game after 69 pitches,” Piniella said. “He had a throw-day today with the pitching coach [Larry Rothschild]. It was decided that we should hold him back and give him a little more time, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
Silva is now slated for Saturday’s start against the White Sox, and lefty Ted Lilly will get the ball Thursday against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Carlos Zambrano will now start Friday and Tuesday’s starter, Ryan Dempster, is scheduled to toe the slab on Sunday. cubs.com.
Better safe than sorry, of course, but it’s unfortunate for the Cubs to lose their best starting pitcher (wow, did I really say that?) for any stretch of time.