Holy Cow! The Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the pen

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A mere half hour ago I pondered who the Cubbies might move to the bullpen. In that post I said  “lord knows that Carlos Zambrano does not exactly have the temperament
to live down in the pen.”

So naturally, the Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. That report comes from Paul Sullivan of the Tribune.  According to Sullvian, Big Z is “cool with the move.” Because “cool” is what describes Carlos Zambrano.

Indeed, if there is one trait that I would say typifies a relief pitcher it’s grace under pressure and the ability to let go of setbacks moments — or at the very most a day — after one happens.  I love me some Carlos Zambrano, but that’s a trait the fellow does not have.

On Hotstove.com this afternoon I said something to the effect of the Cubs being a miserable team to watch lately.  They suddenly just got more interesting.

UPDATELou Piniella says this may not be a merely temporary move and that “This makes all the sense in the world.”  I’ve always had a mild suspicion that Piniella might leave the game wearing a straight jacket as opposed to his uniform. It may actually be coming to pass.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.