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Red Sox release injured right-hander Carlos Silva

Mar 17, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

Carlos Silva

The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they have released Carlos Silva. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with Boston over the winter in hopes of competing for a spot in the starting rotation, but he failed to make an appearance this spring due to complications with a preexisting shoulder injury.

Silva signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last April, but was limited to just seven starts between High-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to shoulder woes. The 32-year-old right-hander had a 4.21 ERA over 21 starts with the Cubs in 2010.

Felix Doubront has emerged as the favorite for Boston’s fifth starter job in recent days, though Alfredo Aceves, Vicente Padilla and Andrew Miller are also in the mix.

  1. lucidsportsfan - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Not really a big deal, Silva was always on the outside looking in for the 5th starter spot, still lots of good options for Boston.

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    It would seem on the surface that the Red Sox are locked in having to chose for their 4th and 5th pitching slots from a group of pitchers none of whom have pitched an average of 90 innings over the last 2 season in the big leagues. Bard, Doubront, Aceves, Padilla and Miller none of them. So all will need to be stretched out to give the Sox approximately 175 to 200 innings that starters need. Even if they are able to stretch 2 of the 5 out virtually no room for margin of error.

    • thinman61 - Mar 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Pretty sure Dice-K will be covering some of those innings from midseason on.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        You could be right. I’m just not sure it’s in the teams best interest to be counting on that fact. As I’m sure you know Dice K was not the most “healthy” pitcher on the Red Sox roster even before his Tommy John Surgery.
        For Example;
        In 2009 he pitched: 59 innings
        In 2010 he pitched: 153 innings

        He had the Tommy John Surgery on or about June 10, 2011. Experts say it takes 12 to 18 months to FULLY recover. So if he’s looking at the closer to 18 months portion of that the Red Sox will be lucky if they see him in August.

        Also that assumes that there are no health issues with the “other” pitchers during the season. Like I said not a lot of room for margin of error.

  3. damnyankee13 - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Um, are you sure it wasn’t Carlos Silva releasing the boston red sox?

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 18, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    i have to admit im very torn up over this, i have no idea why they would release Carlos. This goes beyond whats right and wrong

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