4/30 Back to back Z's

Carlos Zambrano has not pitched since Monday but Lou Piniella said he has to pick and chose when he uses his new set-up man.

“With Zambrano, I’m caught in a little bit of a bind because when I use him, I don’t bring him back in back to back games,” Piniella said. “We’d like to be ahead using Zambrano.”

Zambrano made the switch from starter to reliever last Saturday, and has made two appearances. He has given up three hits over three innings in his two outings but has yet to pitch in consecutive games. Piniella wants Zambrano to make four or five relief appearances before he feels comfortable going back to back.

— Carrie Muskat

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