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Carlos Zambrano ordered to rest after being hit in face with comebacker

Nov 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

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Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Zambrano will not make his next start in the Venezuelan Winter League until December 6 as he recovers from being hit in the face with a comebacker during a start last Friday.

Big Z required 16 stitches after being hit below the right bottom lip. While he originally believed that he wouldn’t have to miss a start, doctors have ordered him to rest for now.

Zambrano has a 3.29 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings over his first three winter league outings. The 30-year-old right-hander recently met with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein in Chicago and was told that he will have to “earn his way back” to staying with the team. He is owed $18 million next season in the final guaranteed year of a five-year, $91 million contract.

  1. cur68 - Nov 26, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Well, of course I hope he’ll be ok, but I’ve long thought a good biff in the kisser was long over due for old Z. So a tip of the Old Blue Jay’s cap to the Cosmic Jokester for smacking Zambrano a good one.

    With that out of the way, next I’d like to see him grabbed by the ear, dragged to a gatorade cooler and made to apologize. After that he can stand in the corner until he’s ready to say he’s sorry for being childish. Only then should he enjoy the privileged of playing professional baseball.

    Meantime, get well soon Zambrano.

    • Old Gator - Nov 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Betch Slobbering Ozzie sent him flowers. My own hope is that this accident causes an upsurge of sympathy for him that will keep him on the North Side. I can also hope that when Ozzie pesters Scrooge McLoria into inquiring about Krazy Karlos’ availability, Theo demands Logan Morrison in return and kills the deal graveyard dead.

      • cur68 - Nov 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

        I’d trade Morrison for some ethanol and a deck of smokes. Menthol.

      • Old Gator - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        I don’t smoke, but perhaps a deck of hot well oiled beaver in lounge chairs somewhere between Martinique and Guadeloupe….

      • cur68 - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        SOLD, to the man with the corrugated skin….

  2. schlom - Nov 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Finishing the job Michael Barrett started!

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