7/1 Zambrano update
The Cubs aren’t sure whether Carlos Zambrano will need to make any rehab outings before he rejoins the team sometime after the All-Star break. He began evaluation and treatment for anger issues Wednesday in New York with doctors selected by Major League Baseball and the Players Association. He was not expected back with the Cubs until after the July 13 game, and when he does return, he will be in the bullpen, not the rotation.
“We haven’t gotten that far,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said about possible rehab outings. “I would think he would need to go pitch somewhere. It’ll be three weeks — that’s a long time. I would think he’ll need a little work. That subject hasn’t been brought up yet.”
Ted Lilly did talk to Zambrano earlier this week by phone. Piniella planned to reach out to the pitcher at some point.
“Time will heal wounds,” Piniella said. “I think it was a very good idea to wait until after the All-Star break before he came in and addressed the team. That’s two weeks from now and I think things will quiet down a lot. I think the players will accept Carlos as a teammate.”
Zambrano was sent home after a tantrum in the dugout June 25 at U.S. Cellular Field when he accused his teammates of not playing behind him. He was suspended for three days without pay and then placed on the restricted list.
– Carrie Muskat