5/28 Zambrano 6-game suspension & lineup
Carlos Zambrano received a six-game suspension for his “inappropriate and violent actions” on Wednesday, according to Major League Baseball. Zambrano has decided to serve the suspension now, and will be eligible to come back Thursday for the Cubs’ series finale in Atlanta.
“I think the ruling was fair, yes,” Lou Piniella said. “I think Carlos does also. He just took it too far. I think he realizes that.”
The Wrigley Field crowd definitely enjoyed Zambrano’s antics, prompted by an argument over a close call at home plate.
“Well, this is not the WWF. This is professional baseball,” Piniella said. “I understand the fans like a little — I don’t know hwat you call it — emotion, outburst. they’ve always liked that, especially about the seventh inning when they’ve had [a few beverages].
“Baseball has always been a sport where there’s been disagreements,” Piniella said, “but at the same time, you voice your disagreement and walk away from it and you get back to do what you’re getting paid to do which is pitch or hit or whatever it is.”
* Ryan Freel was placed on the 15-day disabled list and infielder Bobby Scales called back. Scales, who was optioned to Iowa on Wednesday, had not left Chicago when he got the call. He’s still a little under the weather with the flu but was available to pinch hit.
* Thursday’s lineup will be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, CF Johnson, C Soto, 3B Fontenot, 2B Blanco, P Wells.
— Carrie Muskat