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Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Zambrano.’

With starting rotation hurting, Phillies take chance on volatile Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano with Cubs (photo by Jauerback via wikipedia commons)

The Philadelphia Phillies are one Major League Baseball team that needs a spark in their starting pitching rotation.

With Roy Hallday being out after surgery for bone spurs and fraying of his labrum, and rotator cuff and Cole Hamels struggling, the Phillies picked up a veteran hurler.

The team has signed three-time All-Star pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor-league contract. He’ll report to Clearwater, Florida immediately to get into game shape.

Zambrano can be very volatile towards teammates, managers and umpires but one thing that sticks out about him, he is a winner with 132 victories and a no-hitter in 12 MLB seasons.

Zambrano good on the mound and at plate in win over Phillies

 

Carlos Zambrano (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Carlos Zambrano, despite all of his temper tantrums over the years, has always been a good athlete.

He is a threat to win every game he pitches and also has to be dealt with at the plate.

On Sunday, against the slumping Philadelphia Phillies, Zambrano went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs.

He also hit a home run, which is the 24th of his career.

Zambrano leads all major league pitchers in career home runs since 1974. He is a switch-hitter.

On the mound, the right-hander pitched 7.2 innings, allowed one run and four hits in the Miami Marlins 5-1 win.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Miami Marlins, Radio & TV news

 

Zambrano placed on disqualified list by Chicago Cubs

 

Carlos Zambrano (file photo)

The Chicago Cubs have placed their best pitcher, Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list on Saturday and said the right-hander will receive no pay and will be banned from team activities for 30 days.

Zambrano cleaned out his locker and left the team after allowing five home runs and being ejected from Friday night’s game at Atlanta, a 10-4 loss. He did not return to the team on Saturday.

The volatile and unpredictable Zambrano was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the fifth inning after throwing two inside pitches to Chipper Jones. The brush-back pitches followed home runs by Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla.

Cubs general manager Ted Hendry said he apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for Zambrano’s behavior on the same night that Atlanta was honoring former manager Bobby Cox.

Hendry also said that Major League Baseball, and the players’ association would discuss statement’s made by Zambrano about his future.

Zambrano has two years left on a $91.5 million, five-year contract he signed in 2007. He was scheduled to earn $17.85 million in 2011 and 18 million in 2012.

This season, he is 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA.

 

Info compiled from Chicago Cubs & MLB news

Volatile Zambrano quits Cubs after ejection in Atlanta

 

Carlos Zambrano (file photo)

Moody and volatile Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano lost 10-4 to the Braves in Atlanta Friday night. He gave up five home runs, was ejected in the fifth inning and cleaned out his locker and is MIA.

His manager Mike Quade and his teammates are disappointed and stunned at this latest behavior.

In the fifth inning, the Braves hit back-to-back homers off Zambrano. He then threw to straight pitches inside to Chipper Jones which caused umpire Tim Timmons to eject him.

Zambrano left the field, cleared out his locker and left Turner Field before the game ended.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Twitter and MLB news

Braves’ Uggla sets team record with 32-game hit streak

 

Dan Uggla (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has really turned around a disappointing season in recent weeks.

Uggla, playing at home in Turner Field on Friday night, hit a second inning home runs off Carlos Zambrano in a 10-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. The hit gave him a 32-game hitting streak an Atlanta team record.

Left fielder Rico Carty set the Braves record with a 31-game hitting streak back in 1970. Uggla will now set his sights on the franchise record of 37, set by Tommy Holmes in 1945. Remember the Braves at one time have been the Boston Braves and Milwaukee Braves as well as Atlanta.

Uggla was hitting just .173 when the streak began on July 5 and now his average is .229.

 

Info compiled from Atlanta Braves, Radio & TV news

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