Speaking on WGN radio Monday, Zambrano apologized to the Cubs organization and said he wants to "be a Cubbie for the rest of [his] life," also saying the Cubs have been very good to him (ChicagoSports.com).
Friday, Zambrano was ejected after throwing at Chipper Jones of the Braves, seemingly intentionally. But Zambrano told WGN radio that he was not throwing at Jones. Following the game, news broke that Zambrano had packed up his stuff and left the clubhouse, telling some people he was retiring from baseball. The nameplate at his locker had been removed as well. Zambrano said Monday he only mentioned retirement out of frustration in a few private conversations in the locker room and he doesn't really want to retire. He also said he wanted to rejoin his teammates Saturday and doesn't agree with him being suspended by the club (David Kaplan via Twitter).
It's very likely there's no way Zambrano's retiring. He has $18 million on the table for the 2012 season. He has been placed on the disqualified list by the Cubs and the MLB Players Association is reportedly filing a grievance on his behalf Monday night in dispute of the decision.
Zambrano, 30, is 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP this season.
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