4/21 A little Zambrano trivia
Carlos Zambrano’s last relief appearance was June 28, 2002, when he pitched one-third of an inning against the White Sox in a 13-9 loss. That season, Zambrano spent the first half in the bullpen and joined the rotation on July 1.
Zambrano has appeared in 263 games in his career, 242 of those as a starter. He will join the bullpen on Friday to make room for Ted Lilly and give the relievers an experienced arm.
“It gives us some power at the end of the ballgame with Zambrano and [Carlos] Marmol,” Piniella said. “That’s some firepower.”
Zambrano most likely will not have to carry the pink backpack assigned to the reliever with the least amount of service time. James Russell has pitched in just six games.
— Carrie Muskat