RHP Silva released by Cubs

MESA, Ariz. — 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."

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 early in camp.

Andrew Cashner won the final spot in Chicago's rotation, leaving Silva without a big league job.

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.

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