RHP Carlos Silva released by Chicago Cubs

Carlos Silva was released by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, one day

after they told the veteran pitcher he would not make the

opening-day roster.

The move leaves the Cubs on the hook for Silva’s $11.5 million

salary this season. The 31-year-old right-hander made it clear

Saturday he would not accept a minor league assignment.

The Cubs informed Silva on Saturday that he would not break camp

with the club. They said they would try to trade him but if they

couldn’t, they hoped he would go to the minor leagues.

Silva, however, said ”no chance” to a Triple-A assignment and

then criticized first-year pitching coach Mark Riggins for not

”being straight” with him about the team’s plans.

”Riggs came to me and said, ‘What a day, and now go out there

and do your workout and continue pitching the way you’re doing,”’

Silva said Saturday. ”A half-hour later, he called me into the

hall and started talking to me.

”I’m like, if you have to say something, be straight. He has to

learn he’s in the big leagues now, know what I mean? There’s no

kids around here anymore.”

That brought a sharp rebuke from Cubs general manager Jim

Hendry.

”Basically, he wasn’t good enough to make the team,” Hendry

said. ”You factor in not only spring training, but you try to go

back and factor in the second half of last year, looking at a guy

who had a 14-something ERA from July 11 and came to camp with a

notion that he already had a spot in the rotation. Obviously, the

first three, four outings, quite poor.”

Andrew Cashner won the final spot in Chicago’s rotation.

Silva was 1-2 with a 10.90 ERA in five appearances this spring.

He also accepted blame for a brief scuffle in the dugout with

teammate Aramis Ramirez during his first Cactus League start. Silva

was upset at the time over some poor fielding by the Cubs.

The criticism of Riggins on Saturday was the final straw for the

team.

”His comments about Mark Riggins were totally inappropriate and

unacceptable,” Hendry said. ”Once again, it’s a weakness for

somebody that doesn’t perform well and chooses to blame somebody

else on the way out.”

The Cubs obtained Silva in a trade with Seattle for outfielder

Milton Bradley on Dec. 18, 2009. Last season, Silva began 8-0

before finishing 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA.

In the second half of the season, Silva suffered from a

heart-rhythm problem and was shut down in September because of

right elbow tendinitis.

In addition to the Cubs and Mariners, Silva has pitched in the

big leagues for Philadelphia and Minnesota. He has a career record

of 70-70 with a 4.68 ERA in 316 games.