Scuffling Cubs Make Nice

Piniella, on suspension for dirt-kicking tantrum, settles beef between Barrett, Zambrano
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2007 4:18 AM CDT
Scuffling Cubs Make Nice
Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett looks around in the dugout before the start of the baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Four days after Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano sent his battery partner Michael Barrett to the hospital with a split lip, manager Lou Piniella resolved their differences in a 10-minute reconciliation meeting. Piniella himself is serving a four-game suspension for kicking dirt at an umpire. Barrett will catch Zambrano in the future.

Before their fight, Barrett had given up a run on a passed ball and a throwing error, and Zambrano confronted him in the dugout. Later, Barrett followed Zambrano into the clubhouse, where the hurler promptly split his lip with a punch. Despite spending $300 million in the offseason, the Cubs are seven games below .500. (Read more MLB stories.)

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