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    Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano may be working his way back into the starting rotation.
    Chicago manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano would be "stretched out" so he can be switched from short to long relief.
    "He [Lou Piniella] told me today there may be a chance I'll go back to the rotation," Zambrano said. "We'll see how everything works out in the next few days for me."
    Since joining the bullpen on April 24, Zambrano has pitched in eight games and has a 6.23 ERA.




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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    it was a nice try but Big Z never pitches great at the start of games he starts so no surprise he wasn't a shut down set up man. he is more of a work horse that will give you 110 pitches every 5 days.



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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    agreed about the workhorse part. with this offenses inconsistency, he might not pitch for 3,4 days. thats not good for his arm in my opinion after starting for the last 8 years. looks like the offense is starting to pick up a little bit.



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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    We should leave Big Z in long relief and start Marshall over Gorzey.


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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Z to bullpen = epic fail!



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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcyfan82 View Post
    Z to bullpen = epic fail!

    EPIC Fail= Keeping John Grabow!



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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones21 View Post
    We should leave Big Z in long relief and start Marshall over Gorzey.
    Absolutely not. Marshall is the only P holding the bullpen together. Without him the cubs would be even worse. (if that is possible)



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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are reversing the move that put Carlos Zambrano in the bullpen.
    Cubs manager Lou Piniella says Zambrano will return to the rotation.
    Zambrano's shift to the bullpen earlier this season didn't help the team's eighth-inning relief woes or improve his own performance.
    Piniella said before Tuesday night's game that Zambrano would start again.



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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Worst idea ever. I still can't believe Lou thought that might work. Grabow would have trouble with the I-Cubs... we should have gotten rid of someone like Derek Lee and gotten a good middle reliever.


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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcyfan82 View Post
    Z to bullpen = epic fail!
    Trade bait?


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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrelrobert View Post
    Absolutely not. Marshall is the only P holding the bullpen together. Without him the cubs would be even worse. (if that is possible)
    marshall + marmol..hes been basically lights out except for the fact that he doesnt get enough appearances..john grabow on the other hand...



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    Re: Zambrano to pitch long relief maybe headed back to rotation?

    Here's a link confirming his return to starter status:
    Zambrano going back into Cubs' rotation - MLB - Yahoo! Sports

    Surprise, the experiment failed!

    What were they thinking anyway?


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