Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva, recovering from a heart procedure last week, threw 25 pitches off the mound yesterday, and says he felt good.
“It felt weird but it felt good,” Silva said of his session Monday.
Silva, who came out of his last start Aug. 1 after four batters, had a procedure known as radio frequency catheter ablation (RFCA) performed to prevent recurrence of his paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). The procedure was done Aug. 9.
The right-hander will have another side session Wednesday and then the Cubs medical team will determine the next step. Silva said he felt relieved after Monday’s session.
“Friday was the first time I threw [and played catch],” he said. “I told the trainer I don’t know if it’s mental or what, but I felt like I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I felt loose, that nothing is going to happen. I know nothing bad is going to happen.” cubs.com.
Silva may be nearing a minor league rehab outing or two, something manager Lou Piniella said Silva was likely to do before he’s ready to come back.