5/23 Zambrano update
Carlos Zambrano will throw a simulated game on Monday at Wrigley Field in his preparation for his return to the Cubs rotation. Zambrano was to throw 65-70 pitches, but he won’t be ready to get back in the rotation five days after that. That means he’ll miss the Cardinals series May 28-30 at Wrigley.
Lou Piniella said after Sunday’s game that Zambrano will not make his return until the team’s next road trip, which begins May 31 in Pittsburgh.
“We’ll start him off on the road,” Piniella said.
Zambrano was 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA in four starts, and is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 relief appearances.
– Carrie Muskat