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Carlos Zambrano is “climbing mountains and running on the beach”

Dec 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Carlos Zambrano AP

Carlos Zambrano took the mound in the Venezuelan winter league yesterday for the first time since a line drive off the face on November 18 left him needing 16 stitches.

Zambrano faced 13 batters and tossed four hitless, scoreless innings, with Carrie Muskat of noting that eight of his twelve outs came on ground balls.

Earlier in the week Zambrano told reporters that he’s preparing for the season by “climbing mountains, running on the beach, and exercising hard so that I can arrive at spring training in optimal shape.”

Whether or not that will be with the Cubs remains to be seen, but the team’s new regime is certainly more willing to live with Zambrano for one more season than the previous front office was. He’s owed $18 million for 2012 and the Cubs would certainly love to deal Zambrano for a decent prospect or a little payroll relief, but short of that they’ll let him at least eat some innings.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    but short of that they’ll let him at least eat some innings.

    Just withhold any fried chicken Theo! Although in Zambrano’s case the problem may be Mad Cow…

  2. cubsrice - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    What’s the Venezuelan equivalent of “Eye of the Tiger”?

    • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      Ojo del tigre. Anyone in Macondo who ever channel surfed through U-Verse late night knows that.

  3. hotkarlsandwich - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Rocky IV

    • qcubed3 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      It’s Rocky III

      I do believe what big Z needs to lose weight is a montage . . .

      • qcubed3 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        Actually, now that I think about it, Zambrano’s new routine uses both Rocky III’s beach running montage + Rocky IV’s mountain climbing montage. So, it takes two entire Rocky montages for Zambrano to lose weight? Whoa.

  4. RedHeadedBastard - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    It seems that he is definitely is the best shape of his life.

    • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      And thank you Aaron for demurring to mention that his old pal Slobbering Ozzie manages the Feesh.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:30 PM

        I’ve never seen Ozzie slobber. Is he like the Tazmanian Devil?

      • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:37 PM

        Watch his next news conference or interview carefully in HD. Once he gets going and the little dendrites that are supposed to close his salivary ducts give out, you’ll see it.

  5. Detroit Michael - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Does he have Vangelis on his iPod?

    • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      More importantly: does he have Viagra in his cod?

      • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        Which, come to think of it, makes me wonder if the baseball wives got a codicil inserted into the new CBA requiring the league to notify them if any of the other PEDs showed up in their husbands’ urine samples?

  6. pisano - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    In reality he should be running to a psychologist to get his mind right, if that’s at all possible.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Any word on whether Zambrano is re-booting MacGuyver with all these crazy routines?

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