Zambrano leaves with back soreness
Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano left Thursday’s start against San
Francisco in the second inning because of soreness in his lower
back and went for an MRI.
Zambrano had just thrown a ball to Eli Whiteside after an RBI
single by Miguel Tejada when he began stretching his back.
Trainer Mark O’Neal and pitching coach Mark Riggins rushed out
and manager Mike Quade followed. Marcos Mateo then relieved with
the Giants leading 1-0.
The Cubs went on to win 5-2 in 13 innings, with pinch-hitter
Geovany Soto’s three-run homer capping a four-run rally.
Zambrano has struggled at times this season but had been
pitching well of late, going at least seven innings in his previous
two starts against the White Sox and Kansas City.