Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano told friends he was fine after leaving Friday night's game for Caribes de Anzoategui in Venezuela after being hit in the face with a line drive, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Zambrano left Friday's game against Navegantes del Magallanes in the sixth inning when he was nailed by a liner. He reportedly needed 10 stitches to close the wound.
"He's a bull," Caribes general manager Sam Moscatel told the Tribune. "He's OK. We spoke (Friday) night after he had the surgery, and he said he wants to make his next start on Friday."
ESPNChicago.com reports Zambrano suffered "soft tissue damage," and needed 18 stitches. The report says Zambrano will undergo more tests in the next couple of days.
Zambrano met with new Cubs general manager Theo Epstein last week to discuss his status with the team. Zambrano left the team earlier this season after being ejected from a game in Atlanta and didn't pitch the rest of the season. Zambrano told Epstein at the meeting he wanted to remain a Cub.
The Cubs still owe Zambrano $18 million for 2012.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.