Carlos Silva tweaked his right shoulder

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Carlos Silva cubs.jpgBelieve it or not, Carlos Silva actually pitched quite well in his Cubs’ debut against the Reds on Friday night, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings while fanning three and walking none. Unfortunately for him, Drew Stubbs cranked a grand slam off
rookie Esmailin Caridad in the eighth inning to spoil the solid effort.

It was quite odd that Silva was pulled after throwing just 71 pitches, but now we know that he felt some discomfort in his right shoulder. He thinks he may have tweaked it trying to make a play on a ball during the fourth inning.

According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs haven’t announced when Silva will make his next start. Fortunately, because the Cubs have an off-day on Tuesday, they could simply opt to skip him in the rotation this time around. Of course, this will only delay the inevitable conclusion that Silva just isn’t a very good pitcher.

On a related note, Ted Lilly is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa on Sunday. He was originally slated to pitch on Friday, however it was delayed because of a stiff back. He should return the Cubs later this month.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.