Carlos Zambrano is not the Cubs' biggest problem

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Sticking with the Cubs, the Tribune’s Phil Rogers has a suggestion:

Get Carlos Zambrano out of here, even if the Cubs have to give him
away. He’s not the guy you want as the ace of a curse-busting team, and
at this point, it’s wishful thinking that he’ll ever mature into that
guy.

Proving that I did not attend Kellogg, Wharton or even the Acme
School of Business, I offer this proposition for Jim Hendry: First
thing Monday morning, put Zambrano on waivers. If anyone claims him and
the $62.75 million left on his contract, which runs through 2012,
immediately trade him for whatever is being offered, from a bag of
balls to a 32-year-old minor-leaguer.

I didn’t say a good suggestion.

Setting aside the fact that there are no revocable waivers right now,
which means that if someone claims Zambrano he’s gone, this is a loopy
idea borne more of a columnist with writer’s block than anything
approaching good baseball sense. Zambrano is no man’s idea of a calming
influence, but he’s pitching more or less the same way he always does.
A little better by some measures, actually, and he is certainly not the
reason why the Cubs are in the trouble they are right now.

It’s one thing to complain that he gets too much money for what he
produces — and he probably is a bit overpaid, actually — but
suggesting you get rid of the guy? Please.

Diamondbacks place Shelby Miller on the 10-day disabled list

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The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.

Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.

Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.

Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.

Eric Thames hit two more homers

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And John Lackey is livid.

The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.

According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.

Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.

Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.