Silva scheduled to make next start
Right-hander projected to face Astros on Friday
CINCINNATI -- Chicago's Carlos Silva did have some soreness in his right shoulder after Friday's game, but he's projected to start next Friday in the series opener against the Houston Astros.
Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will make his first start of the season on Sunday in the Cubs' series finale against the Reds, and Ryan Dempster will go in the home opener on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. After an off-day Tuesday, Randy Wells will pitch on Wednesday and Carlos Zambrano on Thursday.
Silva will then open the three-game series against the Astros and be followed by Dempster on April 17 and Gorzelanny the next day.
Silva came out of Friday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after throwing 71 pitches over six innings. He told pitching coach Larry Rothschild and manager Lou Piniella after the sixth that he was feeling some discomfort. However, Silva told the media after the game that everything was fine.
"He's got some stiffness," Piniella said on Saturday. "He told the trainer and the pitching coach in the dugout and they informed me, and we brought [reliever Justin] Berg into the game. I don't anticipate there will be any problems the next time."
Piniella and Silva met Saturday to make sure they were on the same page.
"I talked to him and said, 'Let's make sure the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed,'" Piniella said.
Silva wasn't sure when the problem began, but it may have been in the fourth, when he tried to make a play on a ball that skipped past him.
Acquired in December from Seattle for Milton Bradley, Silva was limited to eight games last season because of problems with his right shoulder.
Lilly scratched from rehab start Sunday
CINCINNATI -- Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, who is rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, has been scratched from a start on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa because his back is still stiff.
Lou Piniella said Lilly will be in Chicago and throw a bullpen session on Monday, when the team returns for the home opener.
"We've had a little delay," Piniella said on Saturday of the lefty.
Lilly was projected to return to the Cubs' rotation the week of April 19, but that now has been pushed back.
"Our starting pitching basically has been good," Piniella said. "We want to get Ted back, but we want to get him back when he's ready to come back as opposed to rushed ready."
Music is universal language in clubhouse
CINCINNATI -- The starting pitcher picks the pregame music, and Chicago's Carlos Zambrano decided on Saturday to expand his song list and let outfielder Kosuke Fukudome hook up his iPod to play the Japanese band, Funky Monkey Babys.
"The country guys play country music, the Latin guys play Latin music -- Kosuke's on the team, so he should be able to play his music," Zambrano said.
Judging by their reaction, Mike Fontenot, Ryan Theriot and Marlon Byrd probably won't rush out and download Funky Monkey Babys' new greatest hits album, released in February. This was definitely not like Stoney LaRue, one of Randy Wells' favorites. But Fukudome was singing along to the tunes. The band is a combination of hip-hop, pop and rock.
The mood changed when Zambrano switched to Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra -- Geovany Soto knew the words to his songs -- and then to the Mexican band, Mana.
"What kind of music is this?" Byrd asked Zambrano about Mana.
"Soft rock," Big Z said.
OK, soft Latin rock. Byrd recognized that it was Mexican.
"That's from my Esteban Loaiza, Luis Ayala, Vinny Castilla days," Byrd said. "As long as it gets Zambrano right, it's OK."
What does Byrd prefer?
"When I go in the weight room, I go in there by myself and I'm blasting my hip-hop," Byrd said. "In the offseason, I'm more heavy metal when it comes to music -- anything from Slipknot to Metallica, it doesn't really matter. Anything that makes me go crazy and want to go to the gym."
You can sing along if you want.
Colvin able to retrieve first home run ball
CINCINNATI -- Tyler Colvin didn't have to wait until next season to get the ball from his first home run. Colvin connected on Thursday in Atlanta, hitting the ball to right. Give Kosuke Fukudome an assist for getting the souvenir. When Fukudome took his position in right in the next inning, he had a ball to exchange with the fan who had caught Colvin's homer. A security guard at Turner Field apparently helped in the translation, and Colvin now has the memento. He plans on giving it to his grandfather.
Colvin notched his first big league hit last September, but he didn't get the ball until Spring Training this year. Someone had tucked the ball away in a trunk and didn't retrieve it until they unpacked the gear in Mesa, Ariz.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.