Abnormal heart rate lands Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva on disabled list

Carlos Silva was released from a Denver hospital and placed on the disabled list for a cardiac evaluation Monday, one day after an abnormal heart rate forced the Chicago Cubs pitcher to leave his start against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning.

Silva returned to Chicago and consulted with a Cubs physician, and will continue to be evaluated and undergo further tests under the care of a cardiologist at Northwestern Hospital. There is no timetable for his return, the team said.

Indians’ Santana injured

Cleveland Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana was carted off the field at Fenway Park on Monday with his left leg in an air cast after a seventh-inning collision at the plate with Red Sox rookie Ryan Kalish.

Television replays showed Santana’s left leg buckled on impact by Kalish. Manager Manny Acta said after the game that Indians trainers “feel he doesn’t have any serious damage with his ACL or MCL” knee ligaments. Acta said Santana would return to Cleveland for an MRI exam.

Injured Howard leaves Phillies

Ryan Howard, who leads the Phillies with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs, left the team in Florida to return to Philadelphia and have his injured ankle examined by the team physician Tuesday. Howard sprained his left ankle scrambling back to second base during Sunday’s game at Washington.


The Atlanta Braves put All-Star second baseman Martin Prado on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right pinkie finger. . . . All-Star outfielder Corey Hart, who leads the Milwaukee Brewers with 73 RBIs and has 23 home runs, agreed to a three-year, $26.5-million contract extension through 2013. . . . Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto, who leads the National League with 27 homers and a .322 average, sat out Monday’s game against Pittsburgh because of a sprained right wrist. . . . The Boston Red Sox put center fielder Mike Cameron on the disabled list because of an abdominal injury.