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Cubs’ Zambrano won’t play again this season

Carlos Zambrano may have played his last game in a Cubs uniform as the club says he will not return this season. (Associated Press)
Carlos Zambrano may have played his last game in a Cubs uniform as the club says he will not return this season. (Associated Press)

Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano will sit out the rest of the season after his 30-day suspension ends after games of Sept. 11.

The Cubs said Friday they’ll pay Zambrano after the suspension ends, but there’s insufficient time for him to get ready to pitch again. The Cubs also said a grievance filed on Zambrano’s behalf will be processed by the players’ union, Major League Baseball and the team during the offseason.

Zambrano cleaned out his locker and talked about retiring after giving up five homers and being ejected during a loss to Atlanta on Aug. 12. His ejection followed two inside pitches to Chipper Jones.

He said he intended to be at the ballpark the next day, but his agent Barry Praver told him not to “because we were in the middle of discussions with the union and the Cubs.” The Cubs placed Zambrano on the disqualified list the next day and said he would receive no pay and have no part in team activities for 30 days.

McKeon says decision on future made

Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon says he has made a decision about his future beyond this season but hasn’t talked with the club about whether he’ll return in 2012 at age 81.

McKeon said if he doesn’t return as manager, he would like to remain with the franchise in some capacity. He worked part time as a special assistant to team owner Jeffrey Loria before becoming manager in June after Edwin Rodriguez resigned.

Posey progresses from leg injury

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, no longer needs a scooter, crutch or walking boot to make his way around AT&T Park. He considers himself on target to return from a devastating leg injury by the start of spring training.

Posey is gaining strength in his leg every day and is set to begin catching bullpens and hitting next month at instructional league in Arizona.

Posey tore three ligaments in his left ankle and fractured a bone in his lower leg in a home-plate collision with Florida’s Scott Cousins on May 25.

Arizona brings in Hammock for stretch

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of veteran catcher Robby Hammock from Triple-A Reno, another addition by general manager Kevin Towers for the stretch run for first-place Arizona.

A 23rd-round draft pick by the D-backs in 1998, Hammock is a career .255 hitter with 12 homers, four triples, 30 doubles and 48 RBIs in 180 games.