12/5 Cubs notebook

Carlos Zambrano could pitch this weekend for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. Zambrano is healing after taking a line drive off his face that required 16 stitches. He’s made three starts in Venezuela.

* Theo Epstein says they are still adding to the front office and interviewing people at the Winter Meetings for scouting and player development positions. This time at the Hilton Anatole also gives him the chance to meet some of the staff.

“This is a good opportunity to have face to face conversations with guys I haven’t met before and haven’t worked with before,” Epstein said. “It’s a nice chance to do that instead of being in isolation at Wrigley all the time.”

* Although he did not know him well, Epstein said he was moved by the outpouring of emotion for late Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, who was elected into the Hall of Fame on Monday.

“What a beloved figure by everyone,” Epstein said. “People couldn’t be happier for him and his family and the organization and our fans. It’s long overdue and well deserved. It’s a great day for everyone’s who come across Ron Santo.”

— Carrie Muskat

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