Furious Cubs tell Zambrano to get lost

ATLANTA — The Cubs placed RHP Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list Saturday and said the veteran starter 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 night's 10-4 loss to the Braves. He did not return to the team Saturday.

General manager Jim Hendry said Saturday that Zambrano's actions, including a brushback 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 RHP 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 Friday night that Zambrano told team personnel he might retire.

"There's not much worse than running out on your teammates in the middle of a ball game," Hendry said on a conference call.

Hendry said he apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for Zambrano's actions, which tarnished former manager Bobby Cox's night. The Braves retired Cox's No. 6 before the game.

Zambrano, 30, was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the fifth inning after throwing two inside pitches to Jones, the second going to the backstop. The brushback pitches came after homers by Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla.

Cubs players didn't mince words.

"He's been doing a lot of things, not once or twice. He's got to think a little bit more," LF Alfonso Soriano told the Chicago Tribune. "He's a big man, but mentally he's weak."

3B Aramis Ramirez said Zambrano would be welcomed back only if he made changes.

"If he changes his attitude, he's more then welcome," Ramirez said. "He's got to think a little bit more. He's one man. It's not just one time. A lot of people have tried to help him. He won't let them."

Zambrano is owed just more than $5 million of his $17.85 million salary for this season.

A-ROD'S REHAB: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was the DH for his second minor-league rehab game at Class A Tampa and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

EX-PROSPECT SUING GIANTS: Former top prospect Angel Villalona sued the Giants for more than $5 million, alleging violation of contract. Villalona, 21, was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic in September 2009, but charges were eventually dismissed.

D'BACKS: Free agent 1B Lyle Overbay signed, and INF Xavier Nady went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand. RHP Juan Jaime was designated for assignment.

GIANTS: CF Andres Torres went on the 15-day disabled list with a contusion on his lower right leg. 1B Brandon Belt was called up from Triple-A Fresno.

MARLINS: In a surprising move, starting LF Logan Morrison was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans. Veteran reserve Wes Helms was released.

PIRATES: 1B Derrek Lee went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his left wrist.

TIGERS: RHP Al Alburquerque was released from the hospital with a concussion a day after being struck by a line drive during batting practice.

TWINS: INF Alexi Casilla went back on the disabled list a day after being activated with a strained right hamstring.

Furious Cubs tell Zambrano to get lost 08/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:44am]

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