“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.”
“Basically, he wasn’t good enough to make the team,” Hendry said. “You factor in not only spring training, but you try to go back and factor in the second half of last year, looking at a guy who had a 14-something ERA from July 11 and came to camp with a notion that he already had a spot in the rotation. Obviously, the first three, four outings, quite poor.”
Andrew Cashner won the final spot in Chicago’s rotation.
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 during his first Cactus League start. Silva was upset at the time over some poor fielding by the Cubs.
The criticism of Riggins on Saturday was the final straw for the team.
“His comments about Mark Riggins were totally inappropriate and unacceptable,” Hendry said. “Once again, it’s a weakness for somebody that doesn’t perform well and chooses to blame somebody else on the way out.”
In the second half of the season, Silva suffered from a heart-rhythm problem and was shut down in September because of right elbow tendinitis.