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.

Angels place Andrew Heaney on 10-day injured list

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The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.

It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.

Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.

In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.