CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Jose Ascanio to Triple-A.
Zambrano will make the start tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He was sidelined for the minimum 15 days.
Overall this season, Zambrano is 8-3 with a 3.13 ERA (37 ER/106.1 IP) in 16 starts. He last appeared on June 18 in Tampa Bay, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts before departing with discomfort in his right shoulder. An arthrogram revealed a minor strain in the shoulder and he was placed on the disabled list June 21 (retroactive to June 19).
This stint on the disabled list was the second of Zambrano's career, his first since 2002 when he missed nearly one month with a right elbow strain.
Ascanio has no record and a 7.94 ERA (5 ER/5.2 IP) in six relief appearances covering two stints with the Cubs this season.