Kevin Millar, currently an analyst on the MLB Network, says that Zambrano told him on the phone that the original plan had been for fellow pitcher Carlos Silva to blow up in the dugout in an attempt to spark the team.
"He told me a week before that he wanted to get Carlos Silva to do something to the team because he's doing well and Carlos Zambrano said that he knew that he wasn't the right guy to do this at this time because of his struggles," Millar said on MLB Tonight according to the Chicago Tribune . "I said: 'You can't say the team's playing like girls. … You can't say that this whole team that's not clicking for some reason' or 'We're not playing hard' because he's a big part of that problem."Unfortunately, Z didn't heed his advice and did just that Friday, calling out some of his teammates and using derogatory terms.
Silva couldn't recall any conversation with Zambrano but did say that the volatile right-hander asked Silva "to get mad once." That occurred a few weeks ago when the Cubs had just lost to Houston and had to travel to Pittsburgh for a makeup game. But that never sounded palatable to Silva.
"I would never do anything like that to embarrass the team," he said.
Zambrano is currently being evaluated by doctors to determine the next step in addressing Zambrano's issues.
-- Evan Brunell
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