The Mets have assembled their 2007 pitching rotation without the name Victor Zambrano, but the right-hander has not forgotten about his potential return to New York.
December 12, 2006
Surgery on Mets pitcher Victor Zambrano was more extensive than anticipated Monday, but the team still described the procedure as successful.
Victor Zambrano, who withheld information about a sore elbow from manager Willie Randolph, tore a flexor tendon in that elbow Saturday, and the team announced Sunday he would require surgery.
If there was a surprise the first month of the season, Mets manager Willie Randolph said it is the pitching staff, which opened the season with significant concerns attached to each of the five starters.
Two days after he shuffled his pitching rotation, Mets manager Willie Randolph did it again, and this time Victor Zambrano was bumped from the Atlanta series.
It is the story that won't go away, and it won't for at least a year. The warning the Mets and Nationals got from Major League Baseball prior to the current series will extend for the rest of the season.
Mets Notebook for March 31 -- Victor Zambrano shakes up the rotation with a left hamstring injury ... Pedro Martinez gets his work in with an 88-pitch effort ... Victor Diaz and Pedro Feliciano selected for the Opening Day roster ...