Carlos Silva underwent successful cardiac ablation today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
Silva left last Monday’s game against the Rockies due to shortness of breath and was subsequently diagnosed with an abnormal heart rate. I’m not expecting many of you to know what most of this medical jargon means, because I sure don’t, but many of the Cubs’ beat writers have been quick to recall that Mark DeRosa underwent the same procedure during spring training in 2008 and was able to return to action two weeks later. Doesn’t mean Silva will be back just as quickly, but food for thought, anyway.
Silva was released from the hospital after a period of brief observation and will begin light physical activity this week. He could begin a throwing program early next week.
The 31-year-old right-hander has regressed quite a but lately, but with a 3.92 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 20 starts, he certainly qualifies as one of the season’s most surprising individual performances.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.