The Cubs got some good news today to cap off a great day for Cubs fans everywhere. Carlos Zambrano has just a minor strain in his pitching shoulder and is still expected to miss his next start which is Tuesday.
"The good news is there was no structural damage to the two main parts of his shoulder," Jim Hendry said following Zambrano's MR arthrogram. "The two worrisome parts of his shoulder are the labrum and the rotator cuff, and they're in very, very good shape for a man who has pitched as many innings in the big leagues that he has."
Trainers and coaches will talk to Z on Saturday to determine their next course of action. Although a DL stint is unlikely. Marshall or Gallagher could take over Big Z's next start or two if needed. This is the best news you can expect Cubs fans. Thank God!
More good news is that Soriano is healing well and expected to be back in the lineup after that 6 week time table. He says he expects to take batting practice on Monday but Lou does not think that is a good idea and I agree.
In other injury news, both Reed Johnson and Jimmy Edmonds were available to pinch hit on today and could be in the lineup this weekend or by next series. Daryle Ward has began batting practice and is expected to be with the I-Cubs this weekend and in the Cubs lineup by next weekend if everything goes well.