After being tossed from the Atlanta Braves game last night, the Chicago Cubs have placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list. Zambrano will not be able to contact the team, or receive pay, for the next 30 days.
Zambrano gave up 5 home runs to the Atlanta Braves last night before he threw at Chipper Jones. Zambrano was ejected from the game and retired to the locker room where he cleaned out his locker, and told staff that he was retiring.
Zambrano’s agent Barry Praver said that Big Z was not retiring, but it isn’t certain that the Cubs will have him back.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said:
“His actions last night were totally intolerable. His actions… are very detrimental to his teammates. There’s not much worse than running out on your teammates and announcing your retirement.This was the most stringent penalty we could enforce without a release.”
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said that Zambrano would be welcomed back by the players, but only if he changed his attitude.
“If he changes his attitude, he’s more than welcome. 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.”
The Cubs have not announced any lineup changes yet.