Zambrano to the DL….Johnson, Too?

The Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 19th on Saturday after an MRI on Friday revealed a minor strain in his right shoulder. The Cubs recalled Eric Patterson to take his place on active roster and Sean Marshall is expected to be recalled on Tuesday to make Zambrano’s start against the Orioles. Zambrano will miss at least two starts and some are speculating maybe three turns in the rotation.

Sean Marshall will be in Chicago on Sunday to work with Larry Rothschild in preparation for his start on Tuesday and according to a report from the Tribune, it could be Reed Johnson that is placed on the DL to make room for Marshall. Also, Daryle Ward was assigned to the Iowa Cubs on Saturday to begin his way back to Chicago.

Paul Sullivan reported on Saturday Reed Johnson received “an anti-inflammatory injection in his back on Thursday and is likely to go on the disabled list after the weekend series.” If the Cubs place Johnson on the DL, look for Kosuke Fukudome to receive more playing time in center when southpaws start against the Cubs.

Finally…. It appears Daryle Ward will return from the DL by Friday’s game at the Cell on the South Side. Reports indicated on Friday night that Ward would serve as the team’s DL in the last Interleague series of the season against the Sox.

Ward was assigned to the Iowa Cubs on Saturday to begin his rehab assignment.

Quote of the Day

"Baseball, just a game as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes." - Ernie Harwell
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