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Zambrano pitches in Venezuelan winter league

Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:35 pm
 
Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos Zambrano was back on the mound Sunday for the first time since walking out on his team in Atlanta in August, pitching 2 2/3 innings in his home country of Venezuela, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Pitching for Los Caribes de Anzategui, the Cubs right-hander allowed two runs on four hits, allowing a home run to Chicago's Bryan LaHair. Zambrano also had a throwing error walked two and hit a batter, but did strike out three batters.

Chicago's Theo Epstein told the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan last week that he was OK with Zambrano pitching this winter because he needed the innings and "it could be good for his state of mind to get out there and perform."

Zambrano was 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA in 24 starts for the Cubs in 2011, throwing 145 2/3 innings, but was placed on the team's disqualified list in August after he left his team during a game against the Braves. He pitched in just 129 2/3 innings in 2010 after being suspended for an outburst in the dugout.

Still, the Cubs are on the hook for $18 million for Zambrano in 2012 and have to decide exactly what to do with him. Zambrano is expected to make nine starts by Christmas in Venezuela and then resting until spring training begins.

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Comments

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:21 am
 

Zambrano pitches in Venezuelan winter league

The cubs are on the hook for 18 million.  They should let him pitch, hopefully he pitches well in three months time, then trade him before te deadline to a contender.  Maybe get some young players.



Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Zambrano pitches in Venezuelan winter league

The Cubs one season away from competing for a World Series, huh?  I needed a good laugh on a Monday, thanks.  P.S. You do know the Cubs will never win a World Series, right?



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:12 pm
 

Zambrano pitches in Venezuelan winter league

As a Cubs fan i hope he is ready to play this spring.  Build him up, get him ready and excited about the changes Theo Epstein will bring to Chicago. The Cubs are a season away, at least, from competing for a World Series.  So atleast we will have a possible #1 starter to throw out there every 5 days.  I think if the Cubs were winning Zambrano would be an allstar again.  Go Cubs!  I'm ready for opening day.  Hey, i could use some basketball. 


dookfoot
Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:23 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:48 am
 

Zambrano pitches in Venezuelan winter league

Wonder if Theo can hire a sniper in Venezuelan or a dealer to bust the Big Z.  Good luck with this hot hot Theo.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:34 am
 

Zambrano pitches in Venezuelan winter league

I would like to know what Theo Epstein do about Zambrano, I have doubt that anybody would trade for him.


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