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Chicago Cubs Hot Stove: Carlos Zambrano To Resume Pitching On Saturday

The Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano will retake the mound on Saturday, according to MLB.com, after taking a line drive off his chin in the fifth inning of winter league game on Friday.

Zambrano will make his third start for the Venezuelan team the Caribes de Anzoátegui as he attempts to resuscitate his career with the Cubs following a rough 2011 season in which he attempted to retire briefly and was eventually excused from team activity. Zambrano struggled in his first start, but was pitching well in his second until being hit by the liner.

The Cubs have reportedly sent personnel to Venezuela to watch the hurlers' progress in hope that he might be able to pitch effectively for the club in 2012. If not, Zambrano has already drawn interest from several other teams, including the Kansas City Royals and the Miami Marlins, but Big Z is owed $18M dollars in 2012, making him a cost-prohibitive acquisition for most clubs.

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