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Carlos Zambrano taken to local hospital for MRI on back

Jun 30, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano was lifted from his Thursday afternoon start against the Giants due to soreness in his lower back and now word comes from’s Carrie Muskat that he had to be taken to a local hospital to undergo an MRI.

The Cubs are optimistic that Big Z won’t need to miss any time and the 30-year-old told reporters after the hospital visit that he’s pitched through similar back problems in the past, but there’s no way of knowing Zambrano’s exact status until the MRI results are reviewed by team physicians on Friday morning.

Zambrano, 30, has an unremarkable 4.34 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through 18 starts this season, with 75 strikeouts and 42 walks in 112 innings. But, as best we know, he hasn’t gone on any dugout tirades or destroyed any Gatorade-dispensing machines at Wrigley Field.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    The cubs need to turn the page on this guy…

    • metalhead65 - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

      no please keep him your opponents in the central love watching him self destruct and continuing the cubs misery.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Didnt he complain about his back earlier this year and it turned out it was the way he watched tv laying down?

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