The Chicago Cubs placed ace pitcher Carlos Zambrano on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, May 4th. Zambrano has a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. Zambrano injured his hamstring legging out a bunt single in Sunday afternoon’s win. The single started the game-winning rally which resulted in Derrek Lee’s grand slam that gave the Cubs the 6-2 lead for good.
The Cubs called up infielder Bobby Scales to take Zambrano’s spot on the roster. The Cubs will likely call up Randy Wells to start Friday night’s contest against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Zambrano had this to say about the injury: “It was a normal run and three steps before I got to the bag, I felt a pop in my hamstring. I tried to hustle with a flat tire at that moment, I tried to get to the base. When I crossed the base and was safe, I felt more and more pain.”
GM Jim hendry had this to say about placing Big Z on the DL: “Obviously, he doesn’t want to go on the DL, which is a part of him that we like. But at the same time, the doctors feel he needs 2, 2 1/2 weeks to be 100 percent. There’s no reason to puch him and it would be foolish on our part to puch it because it could get worse. The easiest situation is to take care of it now.”
Good news Cubs fans – guess it could have been a lot worse. Now maybe this will convince Carlos not to break the bat over his leg when he strikes out in the future.