Just wonderful.

Carlos Zambrano lasted all of an inning today before exiting with what appeared to be a lower back issue. For now, the Cubs are calling it “lower back soreness,” but not offering any additional details. Descriptive injuries like that are never fun because they could be nothing, or they could be season-ending. Broken leg? The flu? I can wrap my head around those right away. “Soreness” is a tougher animal.

Back issues, though, can be a long-lasting problem, depending on the cause.

The bullpen will take over for the rest of the day. Yikes.

If the Cubs decide to put Zambrano on the disabled list, Kerry Wood is slated to return tomorrow from his turn on the DL.

  • Jelly

    So much for that “Having everyone back that we were supposed to have” line. Also, so much for any potential trade suitors.

  • hardtop

    you have got to be kidding me! marcos mateao vs kane. it’s going to be tough to pull themselves out of the gutter without zambrano… what am i saying, we could have cliff lee and we’d still be in the gutter. anyway, i like mateao, i think he shows promise, which i never say about our young pitching. but one or two days after coming up from the minors, and you have to face the world champs for (hopefully) 5 or 6 innings? ouchy.
    i hope Z just needs an asian massage.

  • Brian

    If a piano ever falls in or outside of Wrigley, you (Ace) should be crowned, knighted, and have a bleacher nation flag fly along with the retired numbers in the outfield.

    A piano falling on the field would be pretty refreshing as far as injuries are concerned.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Funny you say that. I’ve been wondering if it’s time to change up the Wrath picture.

      • pfk

        No! I love the picture.

        • TWC


  • Brian

    Yeah I’m not sure how many pictures are out there of God raising hell (I would not be surprised if there are quite a few) but I dig the current pic.

    At this point in the season that picture of Jesus laughing would be appropriate because lets face it… regardless of people’s religious denominations… Jesus is laughing his ass off at the 2011 Cubs.

  • Jelly

    After a really good 5IP, I declare Marcos Mateo to be the Savior of the 2011 Cubs. Am I right, guys? I was trying to be joking here, but… maybe dude should get a start at some point. Gotta be better than Ro-Lo.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Ha. Ro-Lo. That makes me think of Rollos. And then I smile.

      • hardtop

        :( awe, i had that one yesterday on the doug davis release article! bummer, i wish i could have made you smile.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

          My bust. I can use lots of smiles.

  • hardtop

    oh balls! I really wish they could have got campana in with 1 out… cause now grabow is in and that surely means the giants will get at least one run over. maybe 4.

    • hardtop

      grabow walks 2 in a row with the game on the line, no outs. he is inferior to garbage.

      • MichiganGoat

        It’s a good thing Demp pitched 8 yesterday otherwise we would haven bullpen.

      • Joe

        I knew it was too good to be grabow when they got out of the 12th.

  • hardtop

    HOLY SHIT! GEO! What a game…. 2 outs, 2 strike, PH Homer! Gotta love that. Wish I was at that game.

  • Toosh

    MRI scheduled for Zambrano.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Why you gotta bring a brotha down?

  • Mark

    Maybe we can bring back Steve Trachsel. I’m sure he is available to start.

  • die hard

    good game today…as Brando wouldve said “played like a contenda”

  • CapnCub

    Big Z doesnt want to be traded deep down, could this be a stint to keep other teams uninterested. Probably not, but just a brief conspiracy thought. I sure hope he not actuallty hurt to bad though.

    • CapnCub

      Im actually not a conspiracy person either, thought for some reason popped in my head.

  • Rev. Bud Green

    I thought the same thing. After the 2 E’s he looked like he was done.