The “breaking” in this sense refers to all the stuff Zambrano will break because of his rage problems.
Look, we’ve had our fun at Carlos’ expense. He has personal problems! They’re more public than yours because he’s a public figure (sort of)! Therefore, jokes. But as he weaves his way through the Phillies farm system, continuously repeating his new motto, “I’m ready,” we can be pretty sure that this is definitely going to happen.
Aug 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano (38) pauses during the seventh inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The organization is taking time with him, really making sure he’s adjusted, and then yeah, he’s probably going to pop into the Major League level.
And hey, why not. If this team is in a place where it can make room for Delmon Young, it can certainly find space for a Carlos Zambrano. At least his problems are technically medical. Or mental. I have no idea. But they weren’t based on anti-semitism.
From a baseball perspective, which really I should be using more often, I mean this is a baseball web site, the Phillies aren’t going anywhere. Bring him up, fill a hole, cover an injury, let him audition for whatever team is going to scoop him up in a bit. When the book’s written on Jonathan Pettibone or Tyler Cloyd or somebody, here’s a Carlos Zambrano waiting to slide into his place.
Look, we’re a mess. No changing that.
Also, we’re running out of recent Carlos Zambrano stock images.