Chicago Cubs send SP Carlos Zambrano to DL

by Keith Hernandez on May 4, 2009 @ 15:00:00 PDT


The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chicago Cubs placed starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 4, with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. Doctors are saying that Zambrano will likely need two and a half weeks to recover.

In a related move the team recalled infielder Bobby Scales from the minor leagues.

Zambrano injured himself while running out a bunt single in a win over the Florida Marlins Sunday, May 3. His high-energy style of play continues to cause him trouble with injuries.

In six games started this year, Zambrano is 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA while striking out 33 and walking 14 in 38 innings. He also sports a WHIP of 1.42.

With Zambrano out for up to three weeks, the team will likely recall a starting pitcher from Triple-A Iowa to fill his spot in the starting rotation Friday, May 8.

Two possible candidates to take Zambrano's place are pitchers Randy Wells and Mitch Atkins, with Wells being the favorite. The Cubs have already ruled out using pitcher Jeff Samardzija as a starting pitcher in Zambrano's absence.

Wells is currently 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA with Iowa and Atkins is 1-2 with a 6.99 ERA at Class AAA.

Zambrano is not expected to miss too much time, so stash him in one of your DL spots and wait for his return. This is the type of injury that can linger, though, especially given someone of Zambrano's size and energy level.

Wells and Atkins are strictly fill-in candidates in the rotation and should only be given fantasy consideration in NL-only leagues. There are likely better pitching options on the waiver wire if you need some help with Zambrano on the shelf.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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