Believe it or not, the Cubs achieved their first three-game winning streak of the season Sunday when…
Zambrano to file grievance over DQ list
The club took the action one day after Zambrano left Turner Field after being ejected from his start against the Atlanta Braves, taking his equipment with him and apparently telling people he was retiring from baseball.
The retirement talk now is said to be premature, but it remains questionable, if not highly doubtful, that Zambrano ever will pitch for the Cubs again.
General manager Jim Hendry called Zambrano's actions intolerable and went so far as to apologize to the Braves for Zambrano throwing two pitches at Chipper Jones, prompting the ejection.
"This is the most stringent penalty that our club could inflict without a release," Hendry said in explaining the move to the disqualified list.
Zambrano spent a month on the restricted list last year after a dugout tirade during a game against the White Sox in June. He underwent anger-management treatment and proclaimed himself "cured" during spring training. Earlier this season, Zambrano said the team "stinks" after teammate Carlos Marmol blew a save.
Teammates apparently are just as tired of Zambrano's act as is the organization. Saying they were relaxed, the Cubs won two of three from the Braves, including Sunday's 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
"He's has been doing a lot of things, not once or twice," said left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
"I think he made his stance pretty clear of what he wanted to do," said pitcher Ryan Dempster, referring to Zambrano's initial talk of retirement. "The guys in here are pretty upbeat. He made his bed. He has to sleep in it."
If the stint on the disqualified list holds, Zambrano will not be paid for 30 days, during which time he may not have any contact with the team.
NorthsidersReport.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Key Matchups
Dr. Roto highlights each and every game upcoming for Week 12 and a Fantasy matchup to monitor within. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (pictured above) makes his return against the less-than-stellar…Read More
The 10 Biggest Anti-Knife Cities In The U.S.
If you're a hunter or an outdoorsman like us, chances are you carry some sort of pocket knife or multi-tool with a blade at all times. If you visit some of these cities your every-day tool could put…Read More
OU's Perine rushes into record books
Norman has seen a lot of special days, but few will compare to what Samaje Perine did Saturday in rushing for 427 yards and five touchdowns.Read More
6 Biggest Man-to-Man Rivalries in Sports
From Pierce and Lebron to Peyton and Tom to Ali and Frazier, we're celebrating love/hate on and off the field of play.Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More