The Chicago Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list Saturday and said the right-hander would receive no pay and have no part in team activities for 30 days.
Zambrano cleaned out his locker and left the team after giving up five homers and being ejected from Friday’s 10-4 loss to the Braves in Atlanta. He did not return Saturday.
General manager Jim Hendry said Zambrano’s actions, including a brush-back pitch to Chipper Jones that led to the ejection, were “intolerable.”
“This was the most stringent penalty we could enforce without a release,” Hendry said.
Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster had similarly strong words.
“He’s made his bed. Let him sleep in it,” Dempster said.
“It’s not like it’s something new.”
Hendry said Major League Baseball and the players’ association would discuss Zambrano’s statements about his baseball future.
Cubs manager Mike Quade said that Zambrano told team personnel he might retire.
“There’s not much worse than running out on your teammates in the middle of a ballgame,” Hendry said on a conference call.
OOPS, GREINKE MODELS NEW THREADS
The Milwaukee Brewers are planning to wear special jerseys today to honor the city’s German heritage, and Zack Greinke provided a sneak peek by accident.
Greinke had the wrong jersey on when he hit for Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada in the fifth inning against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Greinke, who started and got the win against the Pirates on Friday night, was wearing today’s jersey with Bierbrauer across the front.
Greinke moved Jonathan Lucroy to second with a sacrifice, but the Brewers failed to score.
Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start today against the Rays because of a cut on his finger that the former Mariner sustained in a kitchen accident four or five days ago. A.J. Burnett will start in his place. … Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was the designated hitter for his second minor league rehabilitation game and went 0-for-3 with a walk. … The Pirates placed first baseman Derrek Lee on the 15-day disabled list before their game with the Brewers. … The Diamondbacks signed free agent infielder and former Centralia High star Lyle Overbay and placed infielder Xavier Nady on the 15-day DL with a fractured left hand. … Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque was released from a Baltimore area hospital with a concussion after being struck by a line drive during batting practice Friday. Alburquerque was to be driven home to Detroit today because he was told not to fly, manager Jim Leyland said. … The Twins put infielder Alexi Casilla back on the DL with a strained right hamstring. … Right-hander Mike Pelfrey left the Mets’ game against the Diamondbacks after he was hit by a line drive in the fifth inning.