Lou Piniella on Saturday when asked whether it was risky to use Carlos Zambrano as a pinch hitter as often as he has lately: "What's the risk? He's going to bat four times Sunday."
Carlos Zambrano's fate following Sunday's game:
Carlos Zambrano, who picked up the win in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Marlins, spent Sunday evening with an MRI machine after straining his left hamstring as he beat out a bunt single. Even if the injury isn't considered serious, Zambrano most likely will be shut down.
Well, there's your risk Lou. Sure, it didn't happen in one of his pinch hitting appearances, but it could have very easily.
Given that a healthy Carlos Zambrano is an absolute essential if the Cubs wish to catch St. Louis, I suppose we can assume that his pinch hitting days will be over upon his return.