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Zambrano suspended by team for tirade

CHICAGO — Carlos Zambrano threw another tantrum, and this time, the Cubs might be out of patience.

The team suspended the volatile pitcher indefinitely for his outburst and dugout altercation with teammate Derrek Lee after the first inning of a 6-0 loss to the White Sox on Friday.

GM Jim Hendry said Zambrano's behavior was "not acceptable." Asked if there was any doubt that Zambrano would pitch again for the Cubs this year, Hendry said he "certainly wouldn't rule it out" and added "the rules of the game usually don't allow long, long-term suspensions." For now, the Cubs will go with 24 players.

"It becomes a bit of a tired act," Hendry said. "People think that he hasn't been spoken to by (manager) Lou (Piniella) and his staff or the general manager before. Things are sometimes construed as being let go or let slide by — that's certainly not true."

Zambrano screamed as he walked down the dugout steps past Lee after allowing four runs and stormed toward the other end. Lee appeared to yell something, and as Zambrano headed back toward him, Piniella and two coaches separated them.

Zambrano was reportedly upset that some teammates didn't dive for hard-hit balls.

Zambrano has faced disciplinary action before. Last season he was barred for six games by MLB after an outburst against the Pirates. In 2007, he got into a fight with former teammate Michael Barrett in the dugout that resumed in the clubhouse, resulting in fines for both.

More Cubs: Slugger Aramis Ramirez (sprained left thumb) was activated from the disabled list, and INF Chad Tracy was designated for assignment.

Braves: RHP Jair Jurrjens (strained left hamstring) may return to the rotation Wednesday if he has no setbacks in a side session this weekend.

Dodgers: Triple-A minor leaguer Prentice Redman, 30, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine.

Indians: Akron police charged three minor-league players, one of them the son of Astros manager Brad Mills, after a fight at an Ohio nightclub earlier this month left a man with rib and lung injuries. Akron Aeros 1B Beau Mills, Aeros OF Jerad Head and Columbus Clippers P Josh Tomlin were charged with felonious assault, stemming from a June 3 fight.

Marlins: Bobby Valentine, who was expected to interview in South Florida for the vacant managerial position Friday, had that face-to-face meeting put on hold. Valentine likely still will be the next manager, but the team wanted to wait until interim manager Edwin Rodriguez, whose home is five minutes from the ballpark in San Juan, Puerto Rico — where the Marlins play three games against the Mets starting Monday — gets to manage that series. Valentine, now an analyst with ESPN, is expected to receive a four-year deal, ESPN reported on its website. Former Marlins' third-base coach Bo Porter, now a coach the Diamondbacks, interviewed by phone from St. Petersburg before Arizona played the Rays.

Royals: Less than three weeks after the team made him the fourth overall pick in the draft, SS Christian Colon, 21, signed a contract and will report to Class A Wilmington. Colon received a signing bonus of $2.75 million, the Associated Press reported.

Zambrano suspended by team for tirade 06/25/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:18am]

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