Believe 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.
Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.
Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.