The Chicago Cubs told right-hander Carlos Silva he will not be on the team's 25-man roster when the season starts Friday.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry announced Saturday that Andrew Cashner will be the club’s fifth starter, leaving Silva without a spot. Hendry said Silva would be offered a minor league assignment, but Silva said there was “no chance” he would report to Triple-A Iowa.
If Silva opts to be released, the Cubs are on the hook for his $11.5 million salary this season.
Silva was 1-2 with a 10.90 ERA in five appearances this spring after going 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts last year in his first season with the Cubs.
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The Mariners signed Silva to a four-year contract worth $44 million before the 2008 season, but gave up on him after he had a 5-18 record with a 6.81 ERA in two seasons. He was traded to Chicago before the 2010 season for outfielder Milton Bradley.
First baseman Casey Kotchman, who started last season with Seattle, was reassigned to Tampa Bay’s minor league camp.
One-time Seattle ace Freddy Garcia (1999-2004) will start the season in the New York Yankees’ pitching rotation, as will Ivan Nova, while Bartolo Colon will be in the bullpen.
Veteran left-hander Mike Hampton, who started his 16-year major league career in Seattle (1993) retired after failing in his bid to earn a roster spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Alex Rodriguez, whose time with the Mariners spanned 1994-2000, invited a young hero and her family to a game, then hit his sixth home run this spring in the Yankees’ 4-2 win over Pittsburgh. He made 12-year-old Julianne Ramirez, who saved a 3-year-old from drowning last year, and her family his guests.
Houston Astros shortstop Clint Barmes has a broken left hand, the result of getting hit by a pitch, and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Mets’ Carlos Beltran played right field for five innings in a minor league game Saturday, his first action in the field this spring as he overcomes tendinitis in his left knee.
The Dodgers’ Rafael Furcal was hit in the back by a pitch shortly after teammate Jonathan Broxton plunked a San Diego batter, and the benches cleared in Peoria, Ariz., as the Dodgers won, 5-4. There were no pushes, punches or ejections during the sixth-inning dust-up. Albert Pujols homered twice for St. Louis in a 6-5 loss to Florida in Jupiter, Fla.