And the Opening Day starter is …
… Carlos Zambrano. Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Thursday that Big Z will start the season opener April 6 against Houston. It’ll be Zambrano’s fifth Opening Day assignment. Piniella told both Zambrano and Ryan Dempster on Thursday. Dempster, Piniella said, was a little disappointed, and rightfully so.
The Cubs will not use the DH on Thursday. Zambrano is pitching vs. Team Japan.
“If I use the DH today, I’d have a big headache,” Piniella said.
Zambrano doesn’t like missing at-bats.
— Carrie Muskat