The players association will file a grievance Monday challenging the Cubs’ placing Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list. Expect the association to argue that the punishment does not fit the “crime,” so to speak.
Zambrano’s agent, Barry Praver did not wish to comment Sunday on the proceedings because they are ongoing. However, he said that Zambrano did not go back to Turner Field Friday night after leaving the team to return his equipment to the Cubs clubhouse, as has been reported. Praver said Zambrano instructed an associate to return the equipment and ask an attendant that it be placed in Zambrano’s locker. I'm told that happened about 11:15-11:30 that night.
Word out of Atlanta is that Casey Coleman will start Wednesday afternoon’s game at Houston. That would be Zambrano’s spot in the rotation. Coleman pitched Friday night for Class AAA Iowa. Coleman is 5-2 at Iowa with a 3.65 ERA and a WHIP of 1.23.
A couple quick minor-league notes: Brian LaHair, who likely will be a September call-up, hit his 31st homer yesterday for Iowa. Ryan Flaherty hit his second, extending a hit streak to eight games. Class AA Tennessee Trey McNutt took the loss as the Smokies fell 3-0 to Jacksonville. McNutt worked 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and 3 runs. He walked three and stuck out six.
I expect a busy Monday and Tuesday with Monday night’s deadline for signing drafted players. I hope to talk with scouting director Tim Wilken later in the week.