Carlos Zambrano Finishes Treatment, Return Not Close
That doesn't mean the Cubs expect Zambrano back anytime soon, though. He's expected to make some rehab appearances in the minor leagues but is still "a ways away" according to Lou Piniella.
Zambrano hasn't pitched since June 25, when he and Derrek Lee got into a shouting match in the Cubs' dugout after Zambrano allowed four first-inning runs to the White Sox. The Cubs have since placed him on the restricted list while he deals with his anger problems.
As mentioned before, the Cubs don't seem to be in a hurry to get him back on the mound, but they're going to have to get him on the mound sooner rather than later if they think they have a chance to trade him this offseason.
Zambrano's got a 5.66 ERA and a home run rate that's double his 2009 rate, but he's owed more than $35 million total in 2011 and 2012.
It's seems like the Cubs are pretty fed up with his antics, but the only way to get rid of him is to allow him to convince another team he might be worth at least some of the giant salary he's due. He can't do that on an extended rehab assignment.