Zambrano Suspended Indefinitely

zambrano42 Zambrano Suspended Indefinitely

Carlos Zambrano lost it Friday and his future with the Cubs may be bordering on lost as well.  After giving up a leadoff double to Juan Pierre down the first-base line, a double to Alex Rios, a single to Paul Konerko and a three-run homer to Carlos Quentin, Zambrano got vocal on his way back into the dugout.  The vocal animosity was directed toward Derrek Lee and, as we learned after the game, involved Zambrano’s displeasure with Derrek Lee for not diving for the ball Pierre hit down the line in the first.

As the two got into a heated exchange Lou Piniella and other members of the Cubs’ coaching staff had to get between the two and separate them.  Zambrano was pulled from the game after just that one inning and Tom Gorzelanny was called into the game.

The Cubs may be seeing much more of Tom Gorzelanny as general manager Jim Hendry said after the game that Zambrano “has been suspended indefinitely, you know, pending the normal investigation of MLB and the player’s association.”

Hendry went on to address the situation with Zambrano.  “His conduct was not acceptable,” Hendry said.  “His actions toward his teammates and staff are not acceptable and he will not be at the ballpark tomorrow.  We’ll play with twenty-four.”

While Hendry didn’t say just how long the suspension would be as that is pending the investigation, he made it clear that he is an advocate for stringent discipline.  “I think actions in certain cases certainly merit severe discipline besides just, ‘You can’t come to the park tomorrow.’  There has been other instances preceeding this … I would be in favor of stringent discipline.”

Hendry said that he had a brief chat with Zambrano after he was removed from the ballgame and told him he was suspended.  It seemed as though it was a very one-sided conversation as Hendry said, “There wasn’t a lot of time for apologies,” when asked whether Zambrano was contrite after the altercation.

Zambrano has gone through quite a bit throughout the season.  Obviously his shift to the bullpen was out of the ordinary but Hendry said, “I don’t think that has anything to do with what happened earlier in the season.  He went to the bullpen because the other five starters were pitching better than he was.”

  • Dianne

    If Carlos was replaced because five starters were better than he was why was he returned to the starting rotation? Did one of the starts slip down below Carlos in quality? I do not uphold Carlos, but Hendry makes no sense.

  • Joanna

    HA! HA! HA! Finally that brat gets what he deserves. YOU SUCK ZAMBRANO!!!! GO SOX!

  • Tamburello1994

    Hey Carlos,

    Good luck somewheres else cause you outta here.

  • bob

    Bye bye Z……..


    MLB needs to give Jim Hendry some leeway on this one.

  • Phil S

    Zambrano is a little B&%CH…He’s not even worth the jockstrap that he wears. I hope he never pitches in the MLB again.

  • John

    Dont anyone be surprised when Big Z ends up with Ozzie and the White Sox. If anyone can curtail Z’s temper and turn all that energy into a positive outcome.

  • mike

    It’s quite obvious that Z has NOT been a favorite of his teammates for a few years.They have more or less tolerated him and his antics.
    Hey Z.. Derek Lee is no Michael Barret.Lee would have mopped the floor with you. In the words of Hawk Harrelson “He Gone!!”

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