The Chicago Cubs and Cubs fans all across the country got a little scare when World Baseball Classic rosters were announced on Tuesday. The Venezuelan team included Carlos Zambrano as a starting pitcher on its final list of players submitted to the WBC.
When asked about the inclusion on Venezuela’s roster, Zambrano reiterated that he is staying put in Mesa and not competing in the WBC (set to begin next month). Zambrano has been battling an infection in his right eye and is scheduled to undergo LASIK eye surgery once the infection clears. Zambrano is expected to make his spring training debut on Monday in Mesa. Zambrano made 30 starts for the Cubs during the 2008 MLB season. Zambrano went 14-6 with a 3.91 ERA. He also pitched his first career no-hitter against the Houston Astros.
The Cub shave 3 regular players participating in the World Baseball Classic – Ted Lilly for the United States; Geovany Soto for Puerto Rico; and Kosuke Fukodome for Japan. Earlier this week, Carlos Marmol announced that he would not be playing for the Dominican Republic in the WBC.