Cubs' Silva not expected to miss time

Updated: March 22, 2010, 12:52 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva will not miss any time after straining a lower quad muscle on his right leg Sunday.

Silva said the Cubs medical staff has been treating him with ice and ultrasound. The Cubs starter said he will throw a side session on Tuesday and prepare for his regular start on Friday.

In other news on the Cubs' health front:

Jeff Gray continued to work his way back into the Cubs' bullpen mix while recovering from a severe groin strain. Gray said he is shooting for Wednesday as the target for his first Cactus League appearance of the spring.

Aramis Ramirez said he hopes to get back into Cactus League play on Wednesday. The third baseman has missed over a week with a strained right triceps. Ramirez said he will practice throwing Monday in preparation for Wednesday. The team's trainers have been treating him with ultrasound on the arm.

Andres Blanco was able to play on Sunday for the first time after missing two weeks with a strained knee. Blanco is out of minor league options, so if he does not make the 25-man roster, he will become subject to a waiver claim by any of the other 29 teams. If Blanco clears waivers, the Cubs could re-sign him to a minor-league contract.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.

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