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Carlos Zambrano Expected To Rejoin Cubs On Monday's Road Trip

Lou Piniella expects Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano to return to the team beginning with Monday’s roadtrip after being placed on the restricted list following an in-game spat between himself and Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee on June 25.

Piniella made the announcement before Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, saying he believes that a return on the road as opposed to at Wrigley will be easier for Zambrano.

“We talked about [it being easier for Zambrano to return on the road],” Piniella said Friday before the Cubs opened a series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. "I think that [would] probably be a little easier.

“But at the same time, when he gets home, there will be a big media presence.”

Piniella also discussed Zambrano’s first outing for the Iowa Cubs, the team’s Triple-A affiliate, on Thursday.

“He threw the ball OK,” Piniella said. "The velocity is in the 91 to 92 mph range, and he competed, but he could use more work. “He hasn’t been out there in three weeks or so, that’s a long time. I think you get the rust off him first and then he can start getting ready strength-wise to pitch the way he’s capable of. Let’s not put too much into the few first appearances. It’s been a while for him.”


Carlos Zambrano Placed On Restricted List, Out Until After All-Star

The altercation between Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano and first baseman Derrek Lee last week has led to the pitcher being placed on the restricted list according to Chicago Breaking Sports.

Carlos Zambrano will be placed on the restricted list, undergo a treatment program for his anger issues and will not return to the team until after the All-Star break, the Cubs said Monday.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry spoke to representatives from Major League Baseball and the players union on Monday, and also spoke to Zambrano and his agent.

Zambrano’s indefinite suspension will be limited to three games, ending after Monday night’s game. He will be placed on the restricted list Tuesday.

“I think we all agree it’s time he got help and address apologies later,” Hendry said. “He will not meet formally or travel with the team before the (All-Star) break.”

Reliever Jeff Stevens will rejoin the team Wednesday.


Carlos Zambrano And Derrek Lee Separated In Dugout Altercation

Carlos Zambrano had a tough first inning in the Cubs-White Sox game and seemed to take it out on teammate Derrek Lee afterward.

Bruce Levine from ESPN Chicago has the report.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the visitor’s dugout after surrendering four runs to the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of the first inning Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

It was unclear what upset Zambrano, but his frustration was directed at Lee. The two were face to face before manager Lou Piniella and others intervened.

Tom Gorzelanny replaced Zambrano in the top of the second.

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