Chicago Cub pitcher Carlos Silva will have a cardiac catheterization on Monday to determine if he needs a cardiac ablation, the team announced Friday according to Bruce Levine.
Monday’s procedure will be performed by Northwestern cardiologist Bradley Knight. Inserting a catheter into a chamber of the heart will allow doctors to examine the muscle. A cardiac ablation can resolve some arrhythmias or “short circuits” in the heart’s electrical pulses by deadening tissue in the region where the problem is occurring.
A similar test was performed on the Cubs’ Mark DeRosa during spring training in 2008. The ablation was performed, and the irregular heartbeat was adjusted. DeRosa returned to playing baseball within 10 days.
Hopefully Silva’s procedure goes as well as DeRosa’s.
Silva was forced to leave Sunday’s 8-7 loss to Colorado after one-third of an inning due to an irregular heart rate.
Silva received the loss despite facing just four batters, allowing two hits and two runs. He complained of difficulty breathing and was removed, and paramedics diagnosed him with the abnormal heart rate.
To fill out the roster, the club recalled right-handers Casey Coleman and Thomas Diamond from Triple-A Iowa.
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Troy Tulowitzki drove in two runs as the Colorado Rockies completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with an 8-7 win.
Jonathan Herrera drove in a run and scored twice while Dexter Fowler added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Rockies, who have won their past four games. Jorge De La Rosa (4-3) won his first start since April 25 as he was charged with three runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of work.
Blake DeWitt went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Alfonso Soriano added a solo home run and two RBI for the Cubs, who have dropped five straight. Marlon Byrd added a two-run triple in the ninth.
Carlos Silva (10-5) started on the mound for Chicago, but left with one out in the first due to illness. He was charged with the loss as he gave up two runs on two hits.
(Sports Network) - The resurgent Colorado Rockies go for a fourth straight victory and a series sweep today when they host the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game series at Coors Field.
The Rockies had lost eight straight games through Wednesday to fall nine games off the pace in the National League's West Division, but finished off a previous series with a victory before winning two straight against the Cubs.
On Saturday, Carlos Gonzalez's lead-off home run in the ninth inning gave him the cycle and the Rockies a 6-5 win.
Gonzalez led off the bottom of the inning against Sean Marshall (6-3) and hit the first pitch he faced into the upper deck of right field.
Colorado was coming off Friday's 17-2 win which saw the club record 11 consecutive two-out hits in the eighth and score 12 runs in the frame.
Gonzalez singled in the first inning, tripled and scored in the third inning and doubled in the fifth while adding a sacrifice fly in the seventh before homering to win the game. It was the sixth cycle in team history.
Miguel Olivo clubbed a three-run home run in the win. Jason Hammel went 7 1/3 innings in the start and was charged with four runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Huston Street (2-2) got the win for throwing a perfect ninth.
The Rockies trail San Diego by seven games in the West and are 5 1/2 behind San Francisco in the league's early wild card chase.
De La Rosa, a 16-game winner last season, makes the second straight and sixth appearance of his career against the Cubs.
He's 2-0 with a glittering 0.64 earned run average in the five previous games, allowing 10 hits and a single run in 14 innings while walking 10 batters and striking out 21.
The 29-year-old opened the season with three wins in four April decisions before an injury shelved him for May and June. He returned July 9 against San Diego but was winless in four starts for the month, allowing 19 hits and 19 runs in 20 2/3 innings.
De La Rosa is 2-2 in five 2010 starts at Coors Field.
For the Cubs, right-hander Carlos Silva tries for a second win of the season over the Rockies.
The 31-year-old downed Colorado, 6-2, on May 18 with six innings of six-hit, two-run ball and four strikeouts.
That win improved Silva to 5-0 in a stretch that eventually got him to 8-0 before an initial loss to the Chicago White Sox on June 12.
Silva is just 2-4 in his last eight starts, though he did record win No. 10 with a 5-2 defeat of Houston on July 26 at Minute Maid Park.
He is 6-1 with a 3.97 earned run average in nine road starts this season.
Chicago swept a two-game set from the Rockies at Wrigley Field from May 17-18, but lost three of four games between the teams held at Coors Field last season.