Carlos Zambrano went three solid, scoreless innings yesterday, but afterward complained of a “tired arm,” which is dreadedly close to “dead arm,” an affliction suffered by pitchers, typically late in the season, where their effectiveness is all but sapped. Fortunately Zambrano says the tired arm feeling not only doesn’t concern him, but is also something he experiences at least once each Spring.
“I wasn’t feeling that good today,” Zambrano said yesterday after the game. “My arm was tired. Getting in shape, it happens. It’s Spring Training. I was pitching with three days’ rest. It’s not that I wasn’t feeling good, but I was kind of fatigued.
“This is Spring Training and time to build my arm and get ready for the season.”
There’s no word yet on when Zambrano will pitch next, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him bumped back a day or two, with normal throwing on the side.