Carlos Zambrano may skip his scheduled Sunday start in the finalé of the Cubs' 4-game series with the Phillies because of a dead BUT NOT INJURED! arm.

(By the way, Lou Piniella isn't even willing to concede the "dead arm" description. As he told Toni Ginnetti of the Sun-Times, ''Zambrano doesn't have a sore arm, and he doesn't have a dead arm. It's muscular in the triceps area, and that's where you get tired.")

Said Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild of Zambrano:

"He's pitched a lot of innings in the last six, seven years. You can compare him with a lot of people, but I don't know anyone who has logged the pitches and innings that he has."
Larry Rothschild asked, and I will answer–here are the National League leaders in pitches thrown since 2001:
  1. Livan Hernandez 25,789
  2. Tom Glavine 24,270
  3. Roy Oswalt 23,651
  4. Carlos Zambrano 22,458
  5. Greg Maddux 22,314
  6. Matt Morris 21,372
  7. Ben Sheets 21,584
  8. Brad Penny 21,204
  9. Jake Peavy 20,070
  10. Woody Williams 19,932
Carlos' Cub teammate Jason Marquis is 11th on the list at 19,522.

As you might have guessed, the list of NL hurlers with the most innings pitched since '01 contains many of the same names. Maddux heads that list at 1660.2 IP; Zambrano is 7th at 1361.2. Marquis, with 1220 innings logged for the Braves, Cardinals, and Cubs, is 12th.


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