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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva, out for several weeks following a minor heart procedure, will head to Peoria on Friday to pitch for the Chiefs, in what is expected to be the first of at least two rehab starts.

The Peoria Chiefs, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced that injured Cubs hurler Carlos Silva will rehab with the Chiefs on Friday in a 6:30 p.m. start against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Tickets for the rehab games are currently on sale online at www.peoriachiefs.com, by calling (866) MYTICKET and at the O’Brien Field box office, which opens Wednesday at 10 a.m. Season-ticket holders have priority on seat selection until noon on Thursday, however, tickets are still available for the general public immediately.

Silva, 31, has been on the disabled list with an abnormal heart rate since leaving his Aug. 1 start in Colorado after facing only four batters. He is 10-5 in 20 starts this season with a 3.92 ERA for the Cubs. He has amassed 76 strikeouts and walked 23 batters over 108 innings. MiLB.com.

Silva will almost certainly rejoin the Cubs’ rotation upon his return to the bigs, even if it comes at the expense of younger guys getting a look – or in the case of Casey Coleman, younger guys getting an extended look for next year.

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