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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva left today’s game against the Rockies after facing just four batters. It seems he was just so excited to meet new Cub Blake DeWitt that he could stop his heart from pounding. Just kidding. About the DeWitt part.

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….

“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. Muskat Ramblings.

Hopefully the issue is mild, temporary, and Silva will be released from the hospital tomorrow.

No word yet on whether Silva will have to miss a turn in the rotation, and/or who would replace him in that case. With one spot in the rotation already vacated (Ted Lilly), which will be filled with AAA starter Thomas Diamond, you have to wonder how long it will be before Carlos Zambrano gets another shot.

To explode.

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