10/27 Big Z to pitch in Venezuela – UPDATE

Carlos Zambrano’s next game could be this month in Venezuela. Zambrano was expected to pitch for Caribes in the Venezuelan Winter League. The right-hander’s season ended on Aug. 12 in Atlanta. He gave up five home runs in that game, then was ejected for throwing inside at Chipper Jones. Zambrano was placed on the 30-day restricted list and not paid during that time. He was eventually taken off that list, but there wasn’t enough time for him to get back in shape for the final few weeks of the season, and Zambrano never rejoined the Cubs.  Caribes also lists Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya, Marlins infielder Omar Infante and Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata on the roster. Former big leaguer Julio Franco is managing the team.

— Carrie Muskat

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