8/1 Big Z ready but Cubs wait

Carlos Zambrano may be in the Cubs bullpen now but the right-hander has made it clear he wants to start again. Alan Trammell understands that.

“I know where his heart is and how can you fault him for that?” said Trammell, the Cubs’ acting manager. “Who’s to say what might happen? We’ll see what’s best for the team.”

As of now, Zambrano is a reliever, and he made his first appearance since being activated from the restricted list on Saturday, pitching two-thirds of an inning. The Cubs plan on calling up right-hander Thomas Diamond from Triple-A Iowa for Tuesday’s game to take Ted Lilly’s spot in the rotation.

Zambrano was available to pitch Sunday out of the pen in the Cubs’ series finale against the Rockies. He also volunteered to start Tuesday.

“We’ll have to sit down when we get back [to Chicago] and see where we are,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said of Zambrano’s desire to start.

Trammell said he did not feel Zambrano has thrown enough pitches to start. Zambrano’s longest Minor League outing was two innings.

— Carrie Muskat

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