Report: Big Z could be in trouble
The Chicago Cubs had trouble on and off the field on Tuesday.
Suspended starter Carlos Zambrano could face team discipline after missing the team flight to Atlanta on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported. The right-hander was summoned to manager Lou Piniella's office for a five-minute meeting, but the team wouldn't comment on the subject matter.
Zambrano is serving a six-game suspension for his tirade in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. He made contact with the umpire, threw a ball into left field and smashed a Gatorade dispenser in the Cubs dugout after disputing a close play at the plate.
On Tuesday, Zambrano's replacement, rookie Randy Wells, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Braves. He lost the bid but left the game with a 5-1 lead. Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg squandered the rest of the advantage, and the Cubs lost in 12 innings.
If that wasn't enough, starting right fielder Milton Bradley left the game in the fourth inning with a strained calf.