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UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano hit in the face by line drive in Venezuelan Winter League

Nov 19, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Big Z’s next start might be put on hold, at least for precautionary reasons. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that in addition to receiving 10 stitches as a result of the comebacker, Zambrano also suffered soft tissue damage. He is scheduled to undergo more tests in the coming days.

10:45 AM: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Carlos Zambrano was hit in the face with a line drive during a start last night with Los Caribes de Anzoátegui in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Zambrano was removed from the game and received stitches at a local hospital, but expects to make his next scheduled start.

Big Z was having his best outing of the winter before being hit by the comebacker, allowing one unearned run on two hits over five innings while striking out four and walking a pair. He has a 3.29 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings over his first three winter league outings.

Zambrano met with new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein in Chicago last week and was told that he will have to “earn his way back” to staying with the team. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.82 ERA this season before being placed on the restricted list in mid-August and is owed $18 million in 2012.

  1. Gordon - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM


    • Kyle - Nov 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      karma karma karma karma chameleon

  2. pisano - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Hopefully it knocked some sense into this whacko!!

  3. bloodysock - Nov 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Hopefully for him the Venezuelan doctors who stiched up his face weren’t amateurs.

  4. shawnuel - Nov 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    “Instant Karma’s gonna get ya”

  5. cur68 - Nov 19, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    I laughed. Then I felt bad. Then I laughed again thinking about how hard Michael Barrett must have laughed when he heard. I swear the water cooler in my rec room looked smug, too. I hope the baseball was ok.

  6. Old Gator - Nov 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    At least he wasn’t hit in the ass. The last thing he needs is more brain damage.

  7. mgscott - Nov 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Did the ball knock the clown nose off his face ?

  8. clarknaddison - Nov 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    like him or not, your all a bunch of dbags….jesus, he got hit in the FACE by a 100mph ball….grow up.

    • cintiphil - Nov 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      I must agree with you clarkaddisin. These posts are almost sick. You people have to grow up and realize the seriousness of this injury. this kind of thing can kill a person. That is not what anyone should want. It almost makes me want to root for the guy. And by the way, a guy who looks much older than his stated age, is Carlos. Hope for a quick and complete recovery Carlos.

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