Carlos Zambrano has had back issues in the past. He has always tried to fight through them.
Unfortunately for the Miami Marlins, he had no such luck Saturday night.
Zambrano (4-4) allowed seven runs in 2 1-3 innings before leaving with lower back stiffness in a 13-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
''I came in with some discomfort,'' Zambrano said. ''I had it stretched by the trainers. During the game it was aggravated to the point that I couldn't pitch anymore. I should have said something before.''
Manager Ozzie Guillen and a trainer tended to Zambrano after he issued a one-out walk in the third. Zambrano was convincing enough to stay in the game despite a 5-0 deficit. Following the visit to the mound, Zambrano immediately surrendered a two-run homer to Ben Zobrist that ended his outing. Zobrist's homer, estimated at 379 feet, hit off the facade of the upper deck in right field.
''He had a stiff back,'' Guillen said. ''He couldn't get loose. A tough situation. I appreciate what Ca...