by DisabledListInformer » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:31 pm
If you look on ChicagoSports.com, they say it was a "mild shoulder strain" which could be just about anything. My money would be a rotator cuff strain (which is a low-grade tear). This is probably going to be a situation similar to Daisuke's shoulder strain.
The fact that they used an MRA instead of an MRI (MRA being a lot more accurate), means they were either looking for something very specific within the joint, or they simply didn't want to chance being wrong with the MRI on their ace, and being killed any further by the media for injury-related issues to their pitching staff!
How would you guys evaluate the chances of him being DL'ed vs. just skipped over for a start?
I personally want him DL'ed for fantasy purposes (strange, right?) b/c next week I have a big matchup w/ 2nd place and I wouldn't mind being able to pick up an extra useable pitcher instead of having Zambrano take up space on my bench.
No serious damage to his shoulder, but DL stint likely
By Paul Sullivan | Tribune reporter June 21, 2008
The mini-crisis involving Carlos Zambrano and his $91 million shoulder apparently has turned out to be a minor scare for the Cubs.
An MRI arthrogram of Zambrano's right shoulder found no damage to the labrum or rotator cuff, and only a minor muscle strain, the Cubs announced after Friday's 4-3 victory over the White Sox.
That was encouraging news to general manager Jim Hendry, who would have had to go in the market for a big-name pitcher if Zambrano were to be lost for any significant period of time.
"The MRI was good news," Hendry said. "The two worrisome parts of the 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 as he has the last six, seven years."
Hendry reiterated that Zambrano's shoulder issue is not related to the neck spasms he suffered last month. But Zambrano is likely to go on the disabled list and probably will miss two starts as the Cubs take a cautious approach with him.
Outfielder Eric Patterson will be called up from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to help alleviate a shaky outfield situation with Reed Johnson (back) and Jim Edmonds (foot) nursing injuries.
With an off-day Monday, the Cubs can go with a four-man rotation until next Saturday against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Sean Marshall probably will be called up from Iowa next week to start that game.
Hendry has not been calling general managers around the league to see who's available, although everyone in baseball suspects Cleveland is getting ready to put C.C. Sabathia on the trading block. He said he hasn't done anything differently since Zambrano got hurt Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.
"We're going to try to get better at the appropriate time if we can during the year," Hendry said. "And whether we can add a player or a pitcher down the road, that's a long way from anybody having the answer to that. Even if you want to do something in the trade market, that doesn't mean you're going to end up with a cooperative situation or something that makes sense."