Carlos Zambrano's return start pushed to Friday

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Carlos Zambrano was supposed to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation yesterday, but because the game against the Pirates was rained out his return start has now been pushed back to tomorrow against the Astros (today is an off day).
He’ll presumably still be limited to around 90 pitches, but Zambrano goes from facing the second-worst offense in the league to facing the worst offense in the league. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.2 runs per game and Houston is averaging 3.1 runs per game, and no other NL team is below 4.1.
Lou Piniella said he’s not sure yet how to further rearrange the rotation, but explained: “Our preference I think would be just to get Zambrano right on the mound pitching.”

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.