RealGM Baseball

Chicago Cubs Wiretap

Zambrano On Retricted List, Undergo Evaluation By Doctors

Carlos Zambrano will be placed on the restricted list, effective Tuesday, and will undergo evaluation for anger issues by doctors picked by Major League Baseball and the Players Association.

Zambrano has been suspended without pay since a dugout tantrum after the first inning of Friday's Cubs game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The pitcher came off the field after the White Sox had taken a 4-0 lead and accused his teammates of not making plays behind him. The right-hander served up a three-run homer to Carlos Quentin that inning.

On Wednesday, Zambrano will be evaluated in New York and the appropriate treatment will then be determined. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry didn't specify what types of doctors would be involved in the initial evaluation.

"If the program is acted upon properly and in accordance with what the doctors signify he needs to work on and improve on, Carlos would not be reinstated until sometime after the All-Star break," Hendry said Monday.

"It's an unfortunate situation," Hendry said. "His actions certainly were inappropriate. As I said Friday, those actions toward his teammates and staff will not be tolerated."

Via MLB.com

Dempster Says Zambrano Has To Apologize

Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster is waiting for an apology from Carlos Zambrano for his recent dugout tirade.

Zambrano had to be separated from first baseman Derrek Lee after allowing four runs in the first inning against the White Sox on Friday afternoon.

He was sent home by manager Lou Piniella, suspended indefinitely by the team and will be put in the bullpen upon his return.

"I think that's up to him," Dempster said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "When you do those things and react the way he did you have to be the one to stand up and go out there and accept responsibility. I think he will be willing to do that but we'll have to wait and see. I can't make speculations because I don't know what's going to happen. Whatever happens, happens and we're just worried about going out and winning the ball game tonight."


Zambrano Will Return To Bullpen

Cubs pitcher Carlo Zambrano will return to the bullpen following his suspension.

Zambrano will be penalized for his tirade at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.

"[Zambrano's stay in the bullpen] is not short term, that's for sure," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We don't know how long [the suspension] will be. I guess it will be cleared up the following week."

After surrendering four runs to the Sox in the first inning Friday, Zambrano began screaming in the dugout and knocked over a Gatorade cooler.


Zambrano Blows Up At Derrek Lee

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the dugout on Friday afternoon.

It was unclear what upset Zambrano, but his frustration was directed at Lee after he surrendered four runs against the White Sox.

Tom Gorzelanny replaced Zambrano in the top of the second.


Cubs In No Rush To Determine Cashner's Role

The Cubs are in no rush to decide whether former first-round draft choice Andrew Cashner will be a starter or a reliever.

Cashner hasn't allowed a run in seven relief appearances.

He was 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts for Triple-A Iowa in late May.

"It's way too early to tell," general manager Jim Hendry said when asked if Cashner's future was in the bullpen or rotation. "We don't have to decide now. We're trying to win games. He's in the role he needs to be in.

"At some point, we'll have his input involved, too, but it won't be in the middle of the season. We'll address it this offseason."

Via Chicago Tribune

Cubs Jun 2010 Archive