Silva will be activated Monday for start

Silva will be activated Monday for start

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Silva will come off the disabled list and return to the Mariners' starting rotation Monday against the Rangers.

"He is 100 percent ready to go," Seattle manager Jim Riggleman said.

Silva was placed on the disabled list Aug. 16, one day after he was rocked for nine hits and nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings against his former team, the Twins, to pick up his 14th loss of the season -- one shy of his career high. Silva complained of soreness around his right elbow after the start and was later diagnosed with right triceps tendinitis.

The injury caused Silva to dip his arm more than usual, causing his trademark sinker to be ineffective. His numbers, though, had been taking a significant dip since the beginning of May.

After blazing to a 3-0 record and recording five quality starts in his first six outings, Silva gave up eight runs in three innings against the Yankees in a start May 4 and has not been the same thereafter. Since April 17, the 29-year-old right-hander is 1-14 with a 7.30 ERA. In his last five starts before we went on the DL for the fourth time of his career, Silva racked up an 11.39 ERA and had struck out as many as he walked.

In other injury-related news, Riggleman said he was not sure when reliever Mark Lowe will be ready to return from a knee injury that inspired the club to option him to Triple-A Tacoma last week.

Lowe was hit in the left foot by a line drive last Saturday against the Athletics and was on crutches Sunday. On Monday, Riggleman opted to send Lowe down and bring up right-handed reliever Randy Messenger so the Mariners could fill Lowe's spot in the bullpen without having to place him on the 15-day DL, which would allow him to return to the active roster Monday when Major League rosters expand.

Riggleman had said earlier this week that he would like Lowe to get some work in with the Rainiers before their season wraps up Monday.

"I saw him [Wednesday] and he was still hobbling," Riggleman said. "I don't know if he's going to be ready to pitch the next couple of days or not. I hope he is, and I hope he can get a little work in at Tacoma, too."

Andrew Gribble is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.