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Cubs' Silva Undergoes Heart Procedure
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva has undergone a procedure called cardiac ablation to correct a problem with his heart rate.

Silva underwent the approximately two-hour surgery Monday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, performed by Dr. Bradley Knight. Without the procedure, the rapid heart rate could have recurred at any time.

He was discharged from the hospital after what the team called a normal period of observation.

Silva spent a night in a Denver hospital Aug. 1 after the right-hander left in the first inning of his start that day against the Colorado Rockies with an abnormal heart rate. He was placed on the disabled list the following day.

The Cubs expect Silva, who is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA this season, to begin light physical activity this week and start a throwing program early next week.

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