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Carlos Silva's Shoulder Troubles Won't Set Back the Seattle Mariners

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 25:  Pitcher Carlos Silva #52 of the Seattle Mariners throws against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the thrid inning of the baseball game on April 25, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezians/Getty Images)
Hayato UwaiCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

It looks like Seattle pitcher Carlos Silva's injury is serious.

An MRI revealed an internal impingement and fraying of the labrum and rotator cuff, according to MLB.com's Jim Street. Silva is seeking a second opinion this week, but he'll most likely need surgery to repair the damage.

Unfortunately, he will just keep disappointing Mariners fans. First, a terrible record, and now an injury. What was the point of signing him to four years and $48 million?

I definitely don't know. Nobody knows except former GM Bill Bavasi.

This means that Jason Vargas, who's taking Silva's place in the rotation, will get more starts—probably a good thing for the club. Vargas has been excellent with 1-0 record and a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings. The Mariners acquired him in the trade with the Mets this past offseason and fans are currently watching it pay off.

Silva's injury is actually good for Vargas and the Mariners—more playing time for Vargas, and more wins for the Mariners.

Another, more troubling injury has surfaced at Triple-A Tacoma. Matt Tuiasosopo underwent surgery on his right elbow to remove bone spurs.

The good news is that the injury isn't serious as Don Wakamatsu originally said. Instead, "he will start his rehab immediately and shouldn't miss a lot of time."

Tuiasosopo missed the opening-day roster even after his hot spring training stint. He was limited to the designated hitter role in Tacoma because of elbow discomfort. Now, he should be able to play at full strength.

If the Mariners are looking to trade Adrian Beltre somewhere at the trade deadline, it's important for Tuiasosopo to get back in form quickly.

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