Carlos Zambrano will not pitch for Venezuela in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Zambrano is still having trouble with the vision in his right eye. Zambrano met with a doctor in Chicago in January and was set to have Lasik eye surgery to correct the vision issues. However, the right eye has since been infected and he has been taking different kinds of eye drops for the last 3 weeks to try to combat the infection. But the eye drops do not seem to working. Once the infection clears, Zambrano will undergo the LASIK surgery and that should keep him sideline for about 2 weeks. Then he should be set to go.
All signs are good that the right shoulder problems that plagued him during the 2008 MLB season are a thing of the past. Cubs trainers visited with Zambrano in Venezuela during the off-season and they confirmed that the shoulder is looking fine. A prescribed exercise regimen for Zambrano also seems to have worked some magic for the big right-handed pitcher.
Assuming Spring Training workouts go well for Big Z, we should expect to see Zambrano take the bump for his 5th straight opening day start in April. Nothing is written in stone, but I would put my money on Carlos taking the rock.