9/2 Zambrano done for the year
Carlos Zambrano will not rejoin the Cubs the rest of the season. The team announced Friday that Zambrano will remain at home for the remainder of this season and the team will resume paying him his salary at the end of the 30-day suspension. The suspension runs through Sept. 11, leaving Zambrano “insufficient preparation time” to pitch again this year.
Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Cubs will process the Union’s grievance during the offseason. The Cubs said in a statement that since the grievance remains unresolved, they will not comment further at this time.
In his last start for the Cubs on Aug. 12, Zambrano served up five home runs to the Braves and was then ejected in the fifth for trying to hit Chipper Jones with a pitch. Zambrano packed up his gear, told teammates he was retiring, and then left Turner Field. A few days later, Zambrano changed his story and said he made the comments out of frustration. He was placed on the disqualified list on Aug. 13, and without pay. For the season, Zambrano went 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA. If he is done with the Cubs, he finishes with a 125-81 record and 3.60 ERA. He was making $17.875 million, so he lost about $3 million while on the disqualified list. Zambrano is owed $18 million next year.
– Carrie Muskat