June 7, 2011 in Sports

Zambrano apologizes for criticizing teammate

 
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano apologized to teammate Carlos Marmol.
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By the Numbers

1,000: Career games played by Minnesota’s designated hitter Justin Morneau, all for the Twins.

6: Number of times Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee has hit double-digit strikeouts this season.

Carlos Zambrano says he’s sorry.

The Cubs starter sought out closer Carlos Marmol on Monday and apologized for second-guessing the way he pitched in a loss that extended Chicago’s slump to six games.

“What I said yesterday was (in) a moment of frustration,” Zambrano said, before the first game of a series against Cincinnati. “I apologized to Marmol. Let’s move on.”

Marmol and manager Mike Quade were ready to move on, too. Quade talked to him in the manager’s office on Monday and attributed his critical comments to the frustration that has engulfed the team. Chicago was fifth in the N.L. Central, 11 games out of first place, after getting swept by first-place St. Louis.

Quade didn’t fine or otherwise punish the starter.

“Comments made totally out of frustration,” Quade said. “And on that level, I can completely appreciate the frustration that he and everybody else is going through. The comments in no way reflect how he feels about his teammates.

“The level of frustration is obviously pretty high around here.”

Zambrano started a 3-2, 10-inning loss in St. Louis on Sunday. Marmol gave up a tying RBI double to Ryan Theriot in the ninth, throwing a misplaced slider. Zambrano said after the game that the closer should have gone with a fastball instead.

Marmol accepted his apology.

“Any negative stuff is gone for me,” Marmol said. “We have to move on. It doesn’t bother me. He apologized to me and we’re fine.”

The blown save set up Albert Pujols’ second consecutive game-ending homer, this one leading off the 10th inning. Afterward, Zambrano said, “We’re playing like a Triple-A team. This is embarrassing.”

On Monday, Zambrano said he wasn’t giving up on the Cubs’ chances of getting back into contention.

“I just want to get together with this team and play better, be a good leader for this team, do the best I can to help this team win a ballgame,” Zambrano said.

Clearing the bases

The Florida Marlins’ All-Star shortstop joined their All-Star pitcher on the disabled list. Hanley Ramirez was placed on the 15-day DL for the first time in his career because of a strained back. Ace Josh Johnson has been on the disabled list since May 21 with right shoulder inflammation. … White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is listed as day to day with a mild strain on his right groin. Peavy is 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA in five starts this year.


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