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Relax: Carlos Zambrano is Cured

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Carlos Zambrano was a volatile, angry, and difficult man.

But no more – after some team-mandated anger management counseling last October, Zambrano says he’s cured of whatever was angrying up his blood.


“It’s all done,” the Chicago Cubs right-hander said. “I’m cured.”

Zambrano was forced to undergo counseling after his June 25 incident at U.S. Cellular Field when he berated teammates, including Derrek Lee, in the dugout after a poor first inning against the White Sox.

Zambrano continued the sessions during his comeback and went 8-0 down the stretch.

“I got approval from the psychologist that I can be by myself,” he said with a laugh.

Did it work?

“Yes, it did work,” he said. “Believe me, that was an experience that I can talk about through the years. Maybe in the future I can be a pitching coach or whatever 20 years from now, and I can speak to the young kids about what I went through, what happened in my career, things that I experienced.” Chicago Breaking Sports.


Well that’s a relief. Ice cream is on Zambrano!

But seriously, while I’m sure the counseling (five months ago) helped, the real test will come the first time an infielder boots a grounder behind him, or the first time Z thinks he’s getting squeezed at home plate. How he holds himself together – as he did after he returned in the second half last season, when he was among the best pitchers in baseball – will go a long way to determining just how “cured” he is, and just how successful he and the Cubs can be in 2011.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.