7/16 Z: “Arm, body good. Intelligence, no good.”

Carlos Zambrano said he was healthy and his fastball was good Saturday. The trouble was command.

“Arm, body good,” he said. “Intelligence, no good. Bad pitches to [Mike] Stanton twice and some cheap hits in the first inning. The good thing is I felt good today.”

Activated from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Marlins, Zambrano took the loss in the 13-3 decision. Big Z said he felt like Robocop. Hopefully, fans of Robocop understand the comparison. What is easy to comprehend is that his sinker was running to the middle of the plate, and not the corner. That makes it more hittable.

This was his first start since June 30. Did he feel rusty at the beginning?

“Not at the beginning — the whole game,” Zambrano said. “At this level, if you’re not in command, things will happen, especially against a good team. The Florida Marlins have good hitters and you can’t make a mistake to them.”

He admitted that he might have been trying to overthrow the ball instead of pitch. For the game, Zambrano gave up a season-high eight runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings. He gave up two homers for the second time this season.

— Carrie Muskat



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