MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitcher Carlos Silva felt like he was doing the best thing for his club when he pulled himself after the sixth inning of Wednesday's game due to a stomach ache.
Even though he had thrown just 59 pitches without giving up a run through six, Silva said that he thought he couldn't go and made a decision he thought would be the most helpful for the club.
But when what appeared to be a victory quickly turned into a loss and his teammates were left speechless at what had happened, Silva was left with some explaining to do. That's exactly what he did on Thursday afternoon.
"It is like something weird, because you try to do something good for the team, and at the same time you don't help the team," Silva said.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Silva met in the skipper's office to talk about the incident prior to Thursday's game against the Tigers, and a full team meeting took place on the field prior to the team's pre-batting practice stretch. The message that Silva delivered to his teammates was quite clear.
"He apologized about coming out of the ballgame and told us he wished he would have tried to stay out there and do something different, because we lost the ballgame," Gardenhire said.
For Silva, it was important to be able to talk to his teammates and let them know that he felt bad about the incident, and let everyone know exactly what happened to make him take himself out of the game.
"I just want to make sure everything is clear, because a lot of things were going on," Silva said. "It's like I tried to be honest with everyone. I didn't make it up. I wasn't feeling good the whole game."
Despite this being the third time this season that Silva has left a start early due to a minor ailment, the pitcher still believes that he will prove to the club that he can be counted on.
"You know how I pitch this year and Gardy, that guy, he still has his confidence in me, even when I don't pitch good," Silva said. "I don't want to let him down because he gave me a lot of opportunities out there. That's the last thing I want to do, is make everything worse or do something I'm not supposed to do."
And while this type of incident can often linger in a clubhouse, which is the last thing the club wants in the midst of a pennant race, Gardenhire feels the situation has already been put in the past.
"He was a man to come out and say that he wished he would have stayed out there, tried to stay out there, even though he felt very bad," Gardenhire said. "That's good enough for all of us." www.twinsbaseball.com