Carlos Silva is scheduled to return from the disabled list to start against the Astros on Tuesday, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. It will be his first start since undergoing a minor cardiac procedure to remedy an irregular heartbeat in early August.
Silva gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in his last rehab start with Single-A Peoria on Wednesday. Ideally, the Cubs would have liked to give him another start in the minors, however plans changed after Tom Gorzelanny suffered an injury to his left pinkie finger this week.
The revitalized Silva is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA and 76/23 K/BB ratio over 20 starts with the Cubs this season. How he’ll finish the year is anybody’s guess, but it will be nice to see him back on the mound healthy again.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.