Carlos Zambrano Placed on the Restricted List


The Cubs, the MLB, and the MLB Players union have finally came up with a solution for the Carlos Zambrano situation. Instead of having Zambrano remained suspended, all three organizations decided it best for the Cubs to place Carlos Zambrano on the restricted list. At the earliest, the Cubs may activate Zambrano after the all star break. And when he does return, he will be banished to the bullpen, where he will most likely serve as a long relief man.

Now, that Carlos Zambrano is no longer suspended, instead on the restricted list, the Cubs can call up a 25th man to take over his spot. Jeff Stevens, who was optioned down on Saturday, is expected to be with the team today as they face the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Starting Today, Zambrano will begin a treatment program in New York, and will be supervised by representatives from the MLB players union. Here are what some of the Cubs management as well as players had to say about the Zambrano news…

  • Jim Hendry

"“He will be evaluated and then directed on areas to address some of his deficiencies, and he will be required by the agreement from MLB and the players association to follow the directions of the doctors to a tee,” Hendry said. ESPN CHICAGO"

  • Lou Piniella

"“I’m glad it’s over,” Piniella said Monday. “I’m glad Carlos is going to get some professional help. At the same time, I guess we’ll see him sometime over the All-Star break.” ESPN CHICAGO"

Despite increasing speculation, Levine notes that neither Zambrano’s agent nor Zambrano himself request a trade or release from the Chicago Cubs. Zambrano is halfway through his 5 year/$91MM extension he signed in 2007. However, even though there has been no trade request, I think the Cubs will look to move Zambrano after the season.