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Zambrano joining up with Triple-A Iowa this week

Jul 18, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano completed a three-week anger management program on Thursday and was sent to the club’s spring training complex in Mesa, Florida to begin working his way back to the big leagues.

That process took a big leap forward this morning, as it was announced by the Des Moines Register that Big Z will be joining up with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on either Tuesday or Wednesday to begin throwing in live games.  Zambrano is being brought back as a reliever, so it shouldn’t take him long to build endurance and work out any kinks that have developed in his delivery.

The right-hander, of course, was suspended indefinitely by the Cubs in late June for going on a tirade in the dugout after a rough outing.  He had a 5.66 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 22 outings (nine starts) before the unfortunate incident.

  1. Food - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    I believe Mesa is in Arizona, not Florida.

  2. grant - Jul 18, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    You are correct sir!

  3. willmose - Jul 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    This all makes sense only in the Cub universe. You are paying a guy 18+ million per year for the next two and half seasons to be a long reliever. News flash, the Cubs aren’t going any where this season except home when the season ends. Would it not make sense to have Zambrano start in triple-A and come back to the Cubs and start? The rest of this season is a freebie. It is not like Zambrano is going to hurt the Cubs post-season chances. Who knows Zambrano might come around. Then the Cub would have a number 1 starter or at least someone they can trade without munching all his salary. That’s the way I see it after removing Cub-colored glasses.

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