Reporters didn't see it the first time, so Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano re-enacted his handshake and man-hug with newly signed center fielder Jim Edmonds ths morning in the Cubs clubhouse.
"If you want to know more from me, I'm going to be in the conference room with Jim Edmonds," Big Z said.
Yesterday, when a couple of us approached Big Z to talk about Edmonds, he gave us a "no comment." Back in '04, Z plunked Edmonds with a pitch and got himself tossed from a game. That was a few innings after he chided Edmonds for admiring a home run.
This morning, Zambrano said he told the clubhouse man to put Edmonds' stuff in the locker next to his. Turns out, Edmonds is a few lockers down from Z. When he talked with reporters today, Zambrano said the outburst in '04 was all his fault and that it was because of his own immaturity. He also said he's glad to have an eight-time Gold Glove center fielder behind him.
Edmonds indeed is in the lineup today and says he's ready to go.
The Cubs go this-a-way:
Reports of Daryle Ward's imminent demise are premature. Ward is available for pinch hitting today. He has a bulging, not herniated, disc in his back. If the Cubs put Ward on the DL, it won't be until Sunday or Monday. At that time, they're likely to bring up Micah Hoffpauir from Class AAA Iowa. Hoffpauir had a great spring, but he was a non-roster man, and the Cubs had no room for him. He hurt his oblique muscle early this year at Iowa. He's a left-handed hitter, and the Cubs appear eager to see what he can do in the big leagues.