6/30 Zambrano leaves with sore back
Carlos Zambrano had to leave Thursday’s game in the second inning with lower back soreness. His status was day to day. It’s unclear if Zambrano was injured during a crazy acrobatic second inning. Zambrano threw 25 pitches in the first inning against the Giants and walked Nate Schierholtz to start the second. Brandon Crawford then bunted, and Zambrano reached for the ball but couldn’t get to it, so he raced to first to cover. Carlos Pena flipped the ball to the pitcher but it went behind Zambrano’s head. Crawford was credited with a hit. Zambrano then retrieved the ball and threw to second to try and get Schierholtz but his throw was wild for an error.
Miguel Tejada singled to drive in Schierholtz, and Zambrano’s first pitch to Eli Whitesisde was high and 87 mph. Catcher Koyie Hill then went to the mound as did athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and Zambrano was pulled.
For the game, Zambrano threw 34 pitches and gave up one unearned run, two hits and walked two while striking out one. It’s his shortest start since he lasted one inning June 25, 2010, against the White Sox.
– Carrie Muskat