Piniella shuffles weekend rotation

July, 27, 2010
7/27/10
9:25
PM CT
Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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HOUSTON -- Manager Lou Piniella has changed his rotation for the weekend series in Denver.

Ted Lilly, if he’s still a Cub, won’t pitch Sunday in his regular spot. Instead Piniella will go with Ryan Dempster on Friday, Tom Gorzelanny on Saturday and Carlos Silva on Sunday.

Piniella said his reason for the change was that he didn’t want to throw two left-handers in the Brewers series starting on Monday.

The Cubs manager said that Carlos Zambrano will be available to pitch out of the bullpen in Colorado. Zambrano returns to the team Friday night after last pitching in the major leagues on June 25.

“We look forward to getting him back,” Piniella said. “I said when this happened, ‘time heals wounds’, and it’s been a month. So when he comes back, my condition was that he talks to his teammates. That’s what we’ll ask him to do and we’ll go from there.”

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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