According to multiple reports, Carlos Zambrano will make a rehab start on either Saturday or Sunday for the Daytona Cubs. The D-Cubs play three in Clearwater starting on Thursday. Zambrano took batting practice on Tuesday and the Cubs are targeting a return for Zambrano for sometime during the Padres series in San Diego (May 22-May 24)…more than likely the Friday night game on May 22.
According to a repot from Bruce Levine, the news is not as good on Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez told Bruce Levine “the rehab on his shoulder will take at least six weeks, if not longer.” Ramirez is sending the medical reports on his shoulder to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Bruce Levine has been consistent with his reports that Aramis Ramirez could require surgery on his shoulder after the season “in order to tighten the shoulder capsule and look for an ancillary damage to clean up in the labrum.”
While the initial reports on Ramirez cited anywhere from a four to six week absence, reports over the last two days have indicated a more realistic time frame at around eight weeks…if not longer.