CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Carlos Zambrano will sit out the rest of the season after his 30-day suspension ends Sept. 11.
The Cubs said Friday that they will pay Zambrano after the suspension ends but there is insufficient time for him to get ready to pitch again. The Cubs also said a grievance filed on Zambrano’s behalf will be processed by the players’ union, Major League Baseball and the team during the offseason.
Zambrano cleaned out his locker and talked about retiring after giving up five homers and being ejected during a loss in to Atlanta on Aug. 12. His ejection followed two inside pitches to Chipper Jones. He says he intended to be at the ballpark the next day, but his agent Barry Praver told him not to “because we were in the middle of discussions with the union and the Cubs.”
The Cubs placed Zambrano on the disqualified list the next day and said the right-hander would receive no pay and have no part in team activities for 30 days.