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Carlos Zambrano leaves game early

Updated: July 1, 2011, 3:31 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano had to leave Thursday's game against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning because of lower back soreness.

Zambrano had thrown 34 pitches. After a pitch to Eli Whiteside, Zambrano walked off the mound and catcher Koyie Hill and trainer Mark O'Neal came to the mound. Zambrano then went to the dugout and was replaced by Marcos Mateo. After leaving the game, Zambrano went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to get an MRI.

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