Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball yesterday for his tirade this week during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Zambrano's agent, Barry Praver, said the penalty, which included a fine, will not be appealed. The suspension began last night and, barring rainouts, Zambrano will be eligible to pitch next Thursday at Atlanta.
The Cubs ace threw a baseball into leftfield and slammed his glove against the dugout fence after he was ejected Wednesday with Chicago leading, 2-1, in the seventh inning of a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh.
With Nyjer Morgan at third, Zambrano's wild pitch just got away from catcher Geovany Soto. Zambrano covered the plate for Soto's throw, Morgan slid and umpire Mark Carlson ruled him safe.
Zambrano argued and was ejected after he appeared to nudge Carlson. Zambrano then pointed in Carlson's face and gave him the ejection sign.
He then fired a ball into left, tossed his glove and took a bat to a dugout drink dispenser before heading to the clubhouse.
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charged is discipline, cited Zambrano for "inappropriate and violent actions on the field and in the dugout."
In other news, the Cubs placed infielder Ryan Freel on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
* Atlanta's Tom Glavine, trying to come back from arm surgery at age 43, pitched five scoreless innings for Triple A Gwinnett in an 10-6 International League victory over Indianapolis.
"It's been a long time since I won a game in the minors and I hope it's the last one," said Glavine.
Glavine said he could be pitching the majors as soon as Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs in Atlanta. However, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said Glavine would get one more minor league start before being called up.
In last night's games:
* At Chicago, Randy Wolf pitched impressively into the eighth inning and Ramon Troncoso wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Cubs for their fourth straight win.
Juan Pierre had two hits and scored a run for the Dodgers.
Wolf (3-1) allowed one run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
* At Phoenix, Mark Reynolds had two RBI and scored a run, and Dan Haren (4-4) struck out eight over eight innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. *