Silva won't start again this season

SAN DIEGO -- Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva will not start another game this season.

Silva, who has struggled to regain his form from the first half of the year when he won ten games, may be used in the bullpen.

“We were looking to get him built up, but we just can’t manage it,” interim manager Mike Quade said before Monday night’s game in San Diego. “Hopefully his [physical] progress will be enough that if we need him in a bullpen situation, we can use him.”

  • The Cubs rotation for the rest of the season is set, except for Friday’s game in Houston. Either Casey Coleman or Jeff Samardzija will pitch Friday. Ryan Dempster will pitch Tuesday and Sunday, Randy Wells on Wednesday, Tom Gorzelanny on Thursday and Carlos Zambrano on Saturday.

    Quade said he will announce Friday’s starter on Tuesday.

  • With the Padres being involved in a pennant race, Quade plans to use his veteran players over the next four days.

    “We’re going to play the [veterans],” Quade said. “They have all had plenty of rest and we’re going to try to play them as much as possible in these four games, in order to be as representative as we can.”

  • The Cubs are 12-3 on the road under Quade entering the Padres series. Quade hadn’t realized how good the team’s road record was, but said he’d try not to lose any sleep trying to think about why the team is playing better on the road than at Wrigley Field.