6/27 Zambrano update
Neither manager Lou Piniella nor GM Jim Hendry has heard from Carlos Zambrano since Friday’s incident at U.S. Cellular Field. The Cubs were still waiting for word from Major League Baseball regarding guidelines for the team-issued suspension following Zambrano’s dugout tantrum.
“I think until something gets rectified, I think probably the less conversation the better,” Piniella said Sunday.
Hendry said he has talked to Zambrano’s agent, Barry Praver, a few times since the tirade. The Cubs will play with a 24-man roster until the situation is settled.
The next step will be how Zambrano settles matters with his teammates after accusing them of not playing behind him.
“He’ll have some issues to deal with [regarding] his teammates,” Hendry said.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave Zambrano some advice.
“Ozzie’s a good counselor,” Piniella said. “He’s from [Zambrano’s] country. About the only thing I wouldn’t want Ozzie counseling me on is my finances.”
Piniella was joking about Guillen’s role as a financial consultant.
The Cubs were still peeved about Zambrano having dinner with Guillen after Friday’s game. Piniella passed on being with his daughter because he was upset about the incident.
“I hadn’t seen my daughter since I left for Spring Training,” Piniella said. “That was mid February. She got in Friday night from Tampa and I got home to my apartment and my wife and daughter wanted me to go eat dinner with them. I was sick from what happened and I was very tired and embarrassed. They both went out and ate by themselves. I stayed home. That’s all I have to say about that situation.”
— Carrie Muskat