Zambrano News Good for Now

The Cubs got relatively good news Friday about ace pitcher Carlos Zambrano. The 27-year-old ace of the staff underwent an MRI arthrogram on his right shoulder, and the procedure revealed only strain, and no structural damage, according to the club.

Zambrano left Wednesday night's start at Tampa Bay after 6 2/3 innings complaining of right-shoulder discomfort. He underwent a doctor's exam Thursday in Chicago and the MRI arthrogram Friday.

Zambrano was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to June 19, and the Cubs recalled INF-OF Eric Patterson from Class AAA Iowa.

To fill Zambrano's start next Tuesday, manager Lou Piniella said the Cubs likely will call up left-hander Sean Marshall from Iowa. Marshall has pitched in 13 games for the Cubs this year, all in relief.

He started Thursday for Iowa and was strong, going eight innings and giving up four hits and one run to earn the victory.


--RHP Carlos Marmol got a breather after hitting two batters and walking two Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Marmol, the team's ace setup man, didn't pitch in the previous two games, but manager Lou Piniella said he wasn't rusty or "too strong."

--1B Derrek Lee and 3B Aramis Ramirez connected for back-to-back homers for the second time this year. The other time was April 11 at Philadelphia. Thirteen of Lee's 15 homers have come at Wrigley Field.

--Neither CF Jim Edmonds nor OF Reed Johnson played Friday, but both were available to pinch hit. Edmonds is nursing a sore left foot, and Johnson has had a bad back. They're listed as day-to-day to start.

--LF Alfonso Soriano had a fresh set of X-rays taken on his broken left hand. The X-rays were taken to make sure the bone hadn't moved. The timetable for Soriano's return hasn't changed. He's been on the DL since June 12, and he's expected to be out six weeks total.

--IF/OF Daryle Ward has been taking batting practice in Arizona. The Cubs would like to him to go to Iowa as early as this weekend to play on a rehab stint. If all goes well, they'd like Ward to play DH next weekend against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Ward has a bulging disc in his lower back.

It Is Always About the Cubs ...

While some have been critical of Ken Williams' "Happy anniversary" comments, especially those fans that wear the Cubs' blue, there was manager Ozzie Guillen on Friday, not only defending his GM, but taking the topic further -- like only Guillen can.

Williams made the comments on Wednesday, in reference to the Cubs entering their 100th season since a World Series.

"Happy anniversary... it's the truth," Guillen said. "People need to think about the way we feel. They celebrate not winning for all that time and they don't appreciate us winning. Kenny was right. I don't understand why people are making a big deal of it. Everyone is allowed to state an opinion, and Kenny has the right to say what he wants to about it. One thing about it, especially around here, people don't like to hear the truth."

Spending just under 19 years on the South Side as a player and now manager, Guillen laughed at the idea that the Sox are somehow jealous of the Cubs. According to the fifth-year skipper, however, it's not about jealousy, it's about respect.

"People think that we dwell on it all day, but we don't," Guillen said. "We're just stating facts. We know we will never be respected like the Cubs, we won't. All we ask is just be fair with our organization. You love the Cubs more here, fine, but be fair. You don't have to like us; you don't have to love us; our players expect that. It's not a jealousy or us feeling like we're the second part of the city, because we know that already.

"But like in the paper every day, 'This day, 1908, this happened for the Cubs,' and you see it over and over and over. I think the Cubs have been to the playoffs more than us and they haven't done anything. I'm not criticizing the players, the organization or the fans, but be fair.

"We're the second-class citizens? No (kidding). Nobody has to tell us that. But in the meanwhile, our owner, our general manager, our organization does a lot of great things here and no one gives us enough credit. Just show us respect."

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