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Cubs have not heard from Zambrano since Friday

Jun 27, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

The Cubs suspended right-hander Carlos Zambrano indefinitely on Friday after he went on a tirade in the dugout, and then stripped him of his rotation spot on Saturday.  Now he’s getting the silent treatment.

According to Carrie Muskat of, the Cubs have not spoken with Zambrano since he was handed the team-imposed indefinite suspension on Friday evening.

“I think until something gets rectified, I think probably the less
conversation the better,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Sunday.

“He’ll have some issues to deal with [regarding] his teammates,” added GM Jim Hendry.

So it sounds like the club is waiting for an apology from Zambrano, and will continue to play with a 24-man roster until Big Z himself cleans up the mess.  We’ll have to see how that goes, and whether the Cubs can head into a busy upcoming week one man short.  Big Z has posted a 5.66 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 22 outings (nine starts) this season.  He has a 4.15 ERA as a reliever and a 6.12 ERA as a starter.

  1. Buccofan - Jun 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    You can make the argument that they’ve been playing a man short most if not all of this season, given how Zambrano has pitched.

  2. Joboo - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    That would make a good metaphor: Carlos Zambrano isn’t playing with a full roster.
    OK, maybe not “good” but….

  3. Old Gator - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    It’s all much more interesting than backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball, anyway….

  4. Ick McWang - Jun 27, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    The guy is too emotional. He needs to get his head checked out. Any time he faces a little adversity, a bad call, an error, he starts pouting around like a spoiled kid not getting his way.

  5. BC - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Why not throw him down to AA for a while and see how he likes riding buses in East Bumbleep Nowhere. The Cubs season is shot anyway. Might as well clear the roster spot.

  6. jman10 - Jun 28, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    just ship big Z to the south-side, or better yet to seattle with the other idiot, that way we only see him every( 6 years) , maybe a 2-fer deal with jim hendry as bonus!?

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