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.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.