A rare Carlos Zambrano sighting – the perfect slice of information for the Twitter age – generated the only real excitement at Wrigley Field.
With a severe thunderstorm warning in effect – and rain falling sideways into the Cubs dugout – Major League Baseball postponed Wednesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers.
No make-up date has been set, but a doubleheader on Thursday has already been ruled out. It’s worth noting Texas has a two-game interleague series against the Milwaukee Brewers scheduled for May 7-8 at Miller Park. The Rangers and Cubs are both off on May 9.
The Cubs (4-9) will push back their rotation, with Carlos Villanueva facing the Rangers (9-5) on Thursday at Clark and Addison, weather permitting. Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman are in line to start this weekend in Milwaukee.
The Cubs have a lot of moving parts in their bullpen, but a team source quickly dismissed the idea of bringing back Zambrano, who was said to be working out in Miami and looking for a job.
Zambrano, who still has real estate in Chicago, swung by Wrigley Field during this visit and caught up with a few people, including Rangers catcher/ex-Cub Geovany Soto.
Inside the interview room/dungeon – where Big Z used to put on a show for the Chicago media – manager Dale Sveum had no interest in playing along when a reporter joked that rumors are flying about a possible reunion.
“Rumors are rumors,” Sveum said.