Carlos Zambrano to be on pitch count in first start

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Carlos Zambrano is set to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation tomorrow against the Pirates and Lou Piniella revealed that he’ll be limited to about 90 pitches in his first start since April 20.
Zambrano stretched out a bit with a 73-pitch simulated game last week, but he hasn’t thrown more than 35 pitches in a real game for six weeks and logged a grand total of just 13 innings during that time because the Cubs struggled to use him consistently as a reliever.
Prior to the switch to relief duties Zambrano had thrown 110, 121, and 119 pitches in his last three starts and he’s annually been one of the league leaders in pitches thrown, so don’t expect the Cubs to limit his workload for long.

Yoenis Cespedes may need season-ending surgery

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Yoenis Cespedes is facing potential season-ending surgery, the outfielder told reporters following the Mets’ 7-5 win over the Yankees on Friday. Newly-returned from the disabled list after rehabbing a hip flexor strain and quad tightness, Cespedes appeared to be back to his old self after going 2-for-4 with a walk, base hit, and home run (his ninth of the year) during Friday’s series opener, but later remarked that he was suffering from calcification in both of his heels.

The only remedy, it appears, is a surgery that would require anywhere from 8-10 months of recovery. Should he elect to undergo the procedure now, it goes without saying that he won’t be able to return to the field before end of the regular season. On the other hand, if he postpones the surgery until the offseason, he could miss the first half of the Mets’ run in 2019.

The pain doesn’t seem to be debilitating, at least for the time being, but Cespedes added that any discomfort in his heels causes him to stand, walk, and run differently, which presents a definite problem if the club intends to ramp up his workload going forward. The Mets have yet to announce a final decision regarding any surgical procedure, though they will bench the outfielder for Saturday’s matinee against the Yankees. Following yesterday’s impressive performance, Cespedes is currently batting .262/.325/.496 on the year with 15 extra-base hits, three stolen bases, and an .821 OPS through 157 PA.