Carlos Zambrano allowed back on Cubs’ 40-man roster

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From Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune comes word that the Cubs have activated right-hander Carlos Zambrano from the disqualified list.

Just in time for the start of the offseason.

Big Z, you might remember, was suspended indefinitely in mid-August after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the Braves. He later apologized for his actions, but the Cubs did not invite him back and are expected to shop him on the trade market this winter.

Zambrano, 30, posted a disappointing 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 24 starts this season, striking out only 101 batters and walking 56 over 145 2/3 innings.

He’s owed $18 million in 2012, which is going to make him incredibly tough to move.