Carlos Zambrano's stiff lower back may have cost him in Saturday night's start, but it doesn't appear as thought it will force him to miss any time according to manager Ozzie Guillen.
"Carlos had a stiff back. He couldn't get it loose. That's what I heard from the training staff," Guillen said. "I don't think he'll miss a start."
Guillen was more disappointed that Zambrano just wasn't more honest about the pain he was experiencing so he could take him out of the game. Guillen said Zambrano told him twice he was okay when he went out to the mound in the third inning.
"It was a very tough situation because I wish my players trusted me more," Guillen said. "I can appreciate what Carlos did. He wants to pitch. He wants to stick up for us. He didn't want me to use the bullpen. We appreciate that. But meanwhile, I wish he could be more honest. I'd rather lose a game than lose a player and really lose him for no reason."
Afterward, Zambrano was a bit remorseful, admitting he came in with a stiff back and was simply trying to tough it out.
"During the game it was aggravated to the point I couldn't pitch anymore," Zambrano said. "I think it was too late. I should have said something before I faced [Ben] Zobrist. I learned something today. I learned it's not about being a hero. It's about being smart. Even if you've been in the big leagues for 11 years you learn something everyday."
> The Marlins announced after the game they were designated Donnie Murphy for assignment. Murphy was hitting .133 -- 6 for 45 -- with two homers and five RBI as a reserve.