Well, this is what you like to see the evening after Carlos Zambrano leaves his start in the second inning with back soreness – for which he’s going to receive an epidural to relieve the pain.

While honoring a commitment to a Chicago Bandits softball team (not playing, just throwing out the first pitch), Zambrano was nearly injured – again – by a foul ball.


Apparently the back isn’t completely crippling him:

UPDATE: Today the Cubs put Zambrano on the disabled list and activated Kerry Wood. WIth the All-Star break coming up, now was as good of a time as any to put Z on the DL. He’ll miss a couple starts at least. Ramon Ortiz might finally get a chance to start with the Cubs unless they decide to stretch out someone like James Russell (or Marcos Mateo). Casey Coleman could get another shot, too.

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