Red Sox release Carlos Silva

Red Sox release Carlos Silva
March 17, 2012, 6:09 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before he could even throw a pitch, Carlos Silva's time with the Red Sox is over. The Sox announced Saturday that they had released the veteran righthander.

Silva was among a handful of veteran starters signed by the Sox over the winter to provide depth and compete for a spot in the rotation.

But Silva arrived in camp with some questions about the strength of his right shoulder, the result of some labrum issues. When an early camp physical revealed some inflammation in the joint and he was immediately shut down.

Silva was seen in the clubhouse Friday, then told of his release Saturday morning. He last pitched in the majors in 2010 for the Chicago Cubs, for whom he was 10-6, 4.22. He spent much of last season pitching in the minor leagues for the New York Yankees.

Signed to a minor league deal, Silva could have earned a base salary of 1 million.

His release leaves the Red Sox with 55 players in camp.