Carlos Silva out for week

Updated: September 14, 2010, 11:52 PM ET
By Bruce Levine |

ST. LOUIS -- Pitcher Carlos Silva rejoined the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and will be inactive for a week as he waits for medication and treatment to relieve pain in his right elbow, according to a team official.

Silva returned to Chicago from Milwaukee on Sunday and was diagnosed with right elbow tendinitis by team doctors on Monday. Silva told reporters on Tuesday that he had an x-ray on Monday as part of his examination with Dr. Stephen Gryzlo that revealed his right elbow injury. It is not known when Silva will try to throw again.

Jeff Samardzija took Silva's spot in the rotation and pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

Pitcher Tom Gorzelanny will be available in the bullpen on Tuesday and Wednesday before throwing a simulated game on Friday in Miami before the Cubs play the Florida Marlins. Gorzelanny is recovering from a microfracture of his left pinky finger since taking a line drive off his hand against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 1.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for and ESPN 1000.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.