Over the course of the Red Sox offseason, GM Ben Cherington brought in a plethora of veteran pitchers on minor league deals in hopes that one of them could emerge as the fifth starter in the pitching rotation. On Tuesday, it was revealed that that list got just a little bit shorter.
According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, right hander Carlos Silva is no longer in consideration for the fifth slot in the rotation, due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Silva had been scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he has since be scratched and replaced by Justin Germano.
Silva was a part of a group including Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla, Alfredo Aceves and Aaron Cook in a group vying for the fifth starter gig. With Carlos out of the competition, the road became a little bit easier for these guys.
His best season in the majors came back in 2004 with the Minnesota Twins, as he went 14-8 and had a 4.21 ERA in 203 innings. Silva also had a decent 2010, his last full season in the majors, as he went 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA with the Chicago Cubs. Silva has had stints with the Phillies, Twins, Mariners, Cubs, and the Yankees farm system in his nine-year career.