The Seattle Mariners resolved their Carlos Silva problem by placing the right-hander on the 15-day disaled list with shoulder inflamation retroactive to May 7.
Taking his place in the rotation, beginning Tuesday in Texas, will be Jason Vargas, the left-hander obtained in the J.J. Putz deal.
Silva went on the DL as Brandon Morrow came off, and Silva will remain with the team, at least temporarily, to get treatment and begin his rehabilitation.
The move postponed, at least for a few weeks, the issue of what to do with Silva, in the second year of a four-year contract.
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He pitched poorly last season(4-15, 6.46), has been worse this year (1-3, 8.48) and had no role other than as a starting pitcher.
For now, the Mariners can let him work on his confidence and his shoulder while giving Vargas a look as a young starting pitcher.
In two relief appearances with Seattle, Vargas is 1-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in 3 2/3 innings.