7/30 Cubs release Howry

The Cubs have reinstated Carlos Zambrano from the restricted list and released right-handed reliever Bob Howry. Howry, who turns 37 on Aug. 4, was 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA in 38 games and scuffled in July, posting a 12.46 ERA in 10 games. He gave up 12 earned runs on 19 hits over 8 2/3 innings this month. He was released by the Diamondbacks on May 17 and signed with the Cubs on May 21 for his second stint with the team. He also pitched for the Cubs in 2006-08.

Zambrano has not pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he threw a tantrum in the dugout at U.S. Cellular Field. He was suspended for three days then placed on the restricted list to undergo treatment for anger issues. Zambrano was to meet with the Cubs Friday.

— Carrie Muskat

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