7/3 Big Z, Ortiz & Tony
Carlos Zambrano will go to Guatemala during the All-Star break to finalize adoption documents so he can bring a 2-year-old boy to the United States. The Zambranos hope to have their new son in the U.S. by the end of July or early August. Zambrano got approval from the Cubs for the trip before he went on the disabled list with low back soreness.
“My daughters, my wife are really excited about this,” Zambrano said Sunday about the new addition to their family.
Zambrano, who has three daughters, first met the boy when he was 5 months old; he turned 2 in May. What’s his name? Carlos, of course.
“When I told my wife at the beginning and started to talk about this,” he said, “I said to her, ‘If we want to adopt a kid, he has to be special, there has to be something that tells us he’s the one, he’s the kid.’ Things happen. We found out this was the kid God had in mind for us.”
* Ramon Ortiz threw a bullpen session on Sunday at Wrigley Field to tune up for his start this week with the Cubs against the Nationals. Ortiz, 38, who was 6-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A Iowa, will fill-in for Carlos Zambrano, who is on the disabled list with low back soreness. In Ortiz’s last outing Friday, he threw four shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out two.
Tuesday will be Ortiz’s first Major League start since May 19, 2010. The right-hander was 1-2 in 16 games, including two starts, for the Dodgers last year, and has pitched for the Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins and Rockies in his career.
* Tony Campana always wears his cap tilted a little to the side. On Sunday, his teammates presented him with a bill-less cap.
“It’s sideways proof,” Darwin Barney said.
– Carrie Muskat