Morning report: Silva (shoulder) out of mix

March, 6, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox evidently are not having any more luck with Carlos Silva than the Yankees did last season.

The Yankees signed Silva last season after he was released by the Cubs but let him go in July because of continuing shoulder problems. Tuesday morning, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced that Silva, a non-roster invitee given a chance to compete for the back end of the starting rotation, is no longer in the mix because of shoulder inflammation. He had been scheduled to start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in Dunedin. Justin Germano will take his spot.

"We knew about it and it flared up here,'' Valentine said. "We know exactly what it is, but we were hoping it didn't happen quite as quickly as it did.''

The career of the 32-year-old native of Venezuela went into eclipse after he left the Twins and signed a four-year, $48 million free agent deal with the Seattle Mariners. He was 4-15 with a 6.46 ERA in his first season with Seattle, 2008, then had surgery the next season for a shoulder impingement and fraying of his labrum.

Traded to the Cubs in a swap of bad contracts (Milton Bradley), Silva won 10 games in 2010, but then left on bad terms the following spring, ripping pitching coach Mark Riggins on the way out.

Jim Hendry, then the Cubs' GM, fired back. "Obviously we're dealing with a man at this stage of his career who's not willing to face the facts," Hendry said. "What he's done for the last few years in his career, except for a two-month period, is way below major league standards. And he seems to have the continual problem [of] blaming everybody but himself."

The Sox signed Silva to a minor-league deal this winter, with a $1 million salary if he made the big-league club, and a mid-April opt-out clause if he didn't.

Daniel Bard makes his first Grapefruit League start Tuesday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles, who will have two familiar faces here. Former Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale is now Buck Showalter's third-base coach while Dan Duquette is Orioles' GM, 10 years after he was fired by the Red Sox.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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