Carlos Zambrano is sorry

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Carlos Zambrano got into a big brawl down in a Venezuela winter league game on Saturday. Now he’s sorry:

Former major league pitcher Carlos Zambrano apologized — in an ad in the El Nacional newspaper — for his role in a brawl during Venezuela’s winter series final . . . Zambrano asked for forgiveness from Venezuelans and the Caribes organization for the “very embarrassing incident.”

He’s had a lot of practice doing that. He always says he’s a changed man after whatever dustup he’s involved in. But at some point you’re just a guy who is unable to keep a lid on you emotions and your anger. Zambrano passed that point years ago.

 

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.