Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/11
Chicago Cubs hurler Carlos Zambrano was taken to hospital for stitches after being struck in the face by a line drive in a Venezuelan Winter League game Friday night.

Zambrano was hit by the ball in the sixth inning of the game between his Caribes de Anzoategui and the Navegantes del Magallanes. He left on his own power and went to a nearby hospital to get patched up.

Zambrano reportedly told friends after the game that he felt fine and expected to make his next start.

The Cubs have allowed the temperamental right-hander to pitch in winter ball despite the fact he is owed $18 million next season. The hope is that Zambrano will be in top form by the time spring training rolls around.

The 30-year-old went 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings last season. Despite a laundry list of controversial incidents that has landed him in the doghouse in recent years, Zambrano says he would like to remain with the Cubs.
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