7/31 Z says he's ready to start
Carlos Zambrano is ready to start. Now. Not next season, but now.
Alan Trammell, subbing for Lou Piniella, who was attending the funeral of his uncle in Tampa, Fla., was able to get Zambrano back in action for the first time since he was reinstated from the restricted list on Saturday night.
“I was trying to pick the right spot,” Trammell said. “He got himself in a little bit of trouble but got out of it which was nice to see. Hopefully, that will gie him some confidence and get him back into the team.”
Zambrano entered in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez had hit a sacrifice fly to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead and there was one on and one out. Zambrano walked Troy Tulowitzki, then gave up a single to Melvin Mora to load the bases. Zambrano struck out Seth Smith and got Brad Hawpe to pop up and end the inning.
“It’s just another game for me,” Zambrano said. “I just want to get hitters out.”
He’d also like to be considered for the Cubs rotation. There’s a vacancy following the trade of Ted Lilly.
“I’m ready,” Zambrano said. “I’m ready to pitch Tuesday, Thursday.”
We’ll wait until Piniella comes back to make that call. As of now, Thomas Diamond is scheduled to start Tuesday in Lilly’s spot and make his Major League debut.
— Carrie Muskat