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Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 7:59 pm
 

NEW YORK -- The Cubs have moved opening day starter Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.

Zambrano, who last pitched in relief in 2002, becomes the primary setup man in front of closer Carlos Marmol. Ted Lilly returns from the disabled list this weekend to join the Cubs rotation. Zambrano, who made his fourth start of the year Tuesday night against the Mets, will be available in relief beginning Friday night in Milwaukee.

The bullpen has been a major problem for the Cubs, who are off to a 5-9 start and have already fallen four games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central. The Cubs have allowed 16 eighth-inning runs, the most in the major leagues.

"This makes all the sense in the world," said manager Lou Piniella, who called Zambrano into his office this afternoon to tell him of the move.

Actually, it was more to ask Zambrano, because Piniella said he wouldn't have made the move if Zambrano hadn't been willing to do it. Piniella told Zambrano that the move was temporary, designed to give general manager Jim Hendry more time to find an adequate setup man in a trade.

"I said whatever you want me to do, I'm here for the team," Zambrano said. "I don't like to be a reliever, but this team needs someone to step up. I need to help this team. . . . We've already lost three or four games in the eighth inning. I'm not saying I'll be Superman, that I'll be the best setup man in the big leagues. But I think I can be good. I think I can be great."

Zambrano is making $17.875 million this year. He allowed eight runs to the Braves in 1 1/3 innings on opening day, but has pitched well in three starts since. Piniella explained that the move wasn't made because of how Zambrano has done as a starter, but rather because he thinks Zambrano is the best solution to the Cubs' bullpen problems.

Zambrano came to the big leagues as a reliever, but he hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since 2002.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

lol...knobler's head



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

I ALSO LIVE IN CHICAGO...ESPN 1000 WAS REPORTING IT YESTERDAY THAT IT COULD HAPPEN...LOOKS LIKE IT DID...DON'T THINK ITS A BAD MOVE SHORT TERM.  BULLPEN IS AWFUL, BLOWING QUALITY START AFTER QUALITY START.




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

I an in awe at the number of people who post comments without seeming to have read the article,



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Your comment makes sense but like you i have not seen this story posted anywhere else but here. nothing on espn or even the cubs website. i agree with maybe being long reliefbut with how marshall has been ptiching we dont need antoher long relief guy. with this move i still hope to see that notre dame loser pitcher down in AAA but this suprsises me. i wish to get more clarification but probably wont till after the nfl draft. his 1st innnings always suck and i dont see why there would be any faith to bring him in to get a few guys out... hes not conditiioned for this.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:26 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Here's what was posted on MLB:



Apparently it's true.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Yes: the Chicago Tribune.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport

s/



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

That moved looks crazier than Knobler's haircut...geez



Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Or Pinella hospitalized with broken jaw after confrontation with Zambrano.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

is this for real?......pas that this way lou.....lol



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

As a huge Cubs fan that lives in downtown Chicago I have no idea why Sportsline.com is reporting this story.  I have not found any other source spewing this nonsense.

A $17 mil set-up man would be ludicrous, especially given the fact that Z just had a very good start last night.

The only thing I can think of is that Big Z may be the long-relief man Saturday (but not long-term) if Lilly gets into trouble, because that is his normal spot in the rotation and Silva & Gorzelany are throwing later this week.  That is a much different story than "Cubs move Zambrano to the bullpen".  There is no permanence whatsoever though.

Anyone with any other source??



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