The Chicago Cubs were awaiting feedback from Major League Baseball to determine the length of Carlos Zambrano's suspension for his wild outburst on Friday.
The Cubs filed a report on the incident, and general manager Jim Hendry said he hopes to get a response “in the next day or so” after the league and players union look into it.
Zambrano, who has a history of outbursts, unleashed a tirade against his teammates and had to be separated from Derrek Lee in the dugout after allowing four runs in the first inning of a 6-0 loss to the White Sox. He was sent home by manager Lou Piniella, suspended indefinitely by the team and won’t have a spot in the rotation when he comes back.
Hendry, speaking before Sunday’s game, said he’s been in contact with Zambrano’s agent Barry Praver but not the pitcher. Nor has manager Lou Piniella.
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“I think until something gets rectified, the less conversation the better,” Piniella said.
Baltimore finally ran out of patience with Garrett Atkins.
The Orioles designated Atkins for assignment, a move that coincided with the activation of right-hander Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list.
Signed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract in December, Atkins started at first base out of spring training.
Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez has a broken left thumb, the latest injury for banged-up Boston.
Jason Varitek replaced Martinez in the fourth inning of Boston’s 5-1 win over Colorado. Martinez took two foul tips off his thumb, which swelled up so much he couldn’t stay in the game. An X-ray revealed the fracture.
The Red Sox did not know whether Martinez will need to go on the disabled list.
As the Florida Marlins’ search for a manager continued Sunday, Hanley Ramirez wanted to clear the air about his relationship with the team’s former skipper.
Yes, he and Fredi Gonzalez clashed at times, something that was no secret.
But the All-Star shortstop insists he wasn’t thrilled to see Gonzalez fired last week.
“Everybody will miss him,” Ramirez said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to forget and move forward. A lot of people put it on me. I don’t know why. It had nothing to do with me. Things that should have happened, happened. That’s it.”
The Chicago White Sox said former play-by-play announcer Lorn Brown has died at age 71. ... The White Sox placed closer Bobby Jenks on the bereavement list to tend to an undisclosed family matters. … Florida rookie right fielder Mike Stanton was not in the lineup a day after he cost his team a run by catching a flyball in foul territory. ... Bill Bray’s long recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery is finally complete. The Cincinnati Reds called up the left-handed reliever, strengthening their bullpen. Rookie starter Sam LeCure was optioned to Louisville to open a roster spot. ... The Houston Astros plan to activate right-hander Bud Norris from the disabled list in time to start today’s game at Milwaukee. ... Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford remains out of the lineup due to a sore shoulder.