The Cubs fired another volley in their battle with Carlos Zambrano this afternoon, placing him on the infamous “disqualified list” which, in effect, cuts him off from his revenue stream and any contact with the team. Here’s the Cubs’ official press release:
08/13/2011 4:09 PM ETCubs Place Right-Handed Pitcher Carlos Zambrano on Disqualified ListThe Chicago Cubs have placed right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list, effective immediately.
The disqualified list includes a period of 30 days without pay and no activity with the ball club. During this time, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association will discuss recent statements attributed to Zambrano regarding his baseball future.
Zambrano was ejected from last night’s start in Atlanta after allowing eight runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings, matching the franchise record for five home runs allowed in an appearance. He was charged with the loss in Chicago’s 10-4 setback. Zambrano is 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA (78 ER/145.2 IP) in 24 starts for the Cubs this season.
The most interesting thing about the press release is that the Cubs chose to sling more mud in this pissing match, pointing out that Zambrao tied a franchise record last night, giving up five home runs and spelling out that he’s given up more than a run for every two innings he’s pitched this year.
Not sure I’ve ever seen that in a press release before, but it’s pretty clear the Cubs are trying to embarrass Big Z and force him to make good on his threat and actually retire.