4/22 Big Z's plans
Carlos Zambrano, who goes to the bullpen on Saturday, threw on the side Thursday in New York to prep for his transition. Big Z said he wants to be back in the rotation by the playoffs but Piniella isn’t looking that far ahead.
“He did mention that,” Piniella said. “The playoffs are a long, long, long way away. Let’s just get through April right now. Let’s not put a time frame on it — let’s not do that.”
Could Zambrano become a closer?
“We need help in the eighth inning role right now and that’s what we’re trying to help ourselves in,” Piniella said.
— Carrie Muskat