Cubs have not heard from Zambrano since Friday

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The Cubs suspended right-hander Carlos Zambrano indefinitely on Friday after he went on a tirade in the dugout, and then stripped him of his rotation spot on Saturday.  Now he’s getting the silent treatment.

According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs have not spoken with Zambrano since he was handed the team-imposed indefinite suspension on Friday evening.

“I think until something gets rectified, I think probably the less
conversation the better,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Sunday.

“He’ll have some issues to deal with [regarding] his teammates,” added GM Jim Hendry.

So it sounds like the club is waiting for an apology from Zambrano, and will continue to play with a 24-man roster until Big Z himself cleans up the mess.  We’ll have to see how that goes, and whether the Cubs can head into a busy upcoming week one man short.  Big Z has posted a 5.66 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 22 outings (nine starts) this season.  He has a 4.15 ERA as a reliever and a 6.12 ERA as a starter.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.