8/17 Zambrano's abs
Carlos Zambrano apparently didn’t like to do stomach exercises. That will change, he says. Big Z admitted Sunday the problem is that he’s been “lazy,” and promised to re-dedicate himself to a routine designed to strengthen his stomach muscles.
The Cubs pitcher, who has not started since an abbreviated outing Aug. 1 against Florida, will make a rehab start Thursday for Class A Peoria. If that goes well, he’ll open the Cubs’ next homestand Aug. 25 against Washington. So far this month, with the Cubs scrambling to stay in the race in the NL Central, Zambrano has made one start, lasted three innings, and faced 16 batters.
“My problem is I’ve been lazy,” Zambrano said. “There are things in life you don’t like to do, but you have to do them. I don’t like abs [abdominal muscle workouts], but I have to do them. I have to start doing them every day and be serious about it.”
Zambrano admitted he has done his exercises, but not with the conviction needed.
“I’ve got to be honest with me and with you [media] guys and the fans. I’m 28 years old, I’m not 16 anymore,” Zambrano said. “I’m a big guy and I work hard every day, [but] one of the things I don’t like to do is my abs, my core work. If I do abs every day and keep doing my job and be serious about my abs, I’ll be OK.”
– Carrie Muskat