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Cubs place AWOL pitcher Carlos Zambrano on disqualified list
ATLANTA (AP) ' The Chicago Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list Saturday and said the right-hander would receive no pay and have no part in team activities for 30 days.
Zambrano cleaned out his locker and left the team after giving up five homers and being ejected from Friday night's 10-4 loss to the Braves. He did not return to the team Saturday.
General manager Jim Hendry said Saturday that Zambrano's actions, including a brush-back pitch to Chipper Jones that led to the ejection, were "intolerable."
Hendry said Major League Baseball and the players' association would discuss Zambrano's statements about his baseball future.
Cubs manager Mike Quade said Friday night that Zambrano told team personnel he might retire.
"There's not much worse than running out on your teammates in the middle of a ballgame," Hendry said on a conference call.
Hendry said he apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for the actions by Zambrano, which tarnished former manager Bobby Cox's night. The Braves retired Cox's No. 6 before the game.
Zambrano was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the fifth inning after throwing two inside pitches to Jones, the second going all the way to the backstop. The brush-back pitches followed homers by Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla.
"It was uncalled for, the pitch to Chipper Jones," Hendry said.
"I feel that anything at all to detract from Bobby Cox's night other than usual competition is totally intolerable."
Asked if he knew where Zambrano was on Saturday, Hendry said "I have no idea."
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Zambrano would be welcomed back by his teammates, but only if he made changes.
"If he changes his attitude, he's more then welcome," Ramirez said.
"He's got to think a little bit more. He's one man. It's not just one time. A lot of people have tried to help him. He won't let them."
Zambrano was placed on the restricted list and sent to anger management last season after a verbal altercation with teammate Derrek Lee.
In 2009, he was suspended following a tirade against an umpire in which he threw a baseball into the outfield and slammed his glove against the dugout fence.
In 2007, Zambrano signed a deal adding $91.5 million over five seasons through 2012. He was to earn $17.85 million this season and $18 million in 2012.
He is 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA after Friday night's loss.