Pitchers Justin Berg and Brian Schlitter were designated for assignment by the Cubs on Thursday, and pitcher Carlos Zambrano was added to the 40-man roster. Zambrano was taken off the 40-man roster when the Cubs determined that he would not be returning to the team for the final month. On Sept. 2, the Cubs announced Zambrano would not return after his 30-day suspension ended but that they would resume paying his salary. The suspension ran through Sept. 11. Zambrano was taken off the 40-man roster at that time so the Cubs weren’t limited in the number of players they had available. — Muskat (and every other beat writer)
No, that’s not how it works. Zambrano was added to the active roster today. The active roster is also known as the 25-man roster. When Z was suspended he was obviously removed from the 25-man roster, but he remained on the 40-man roster. The Cubs placed Zambrano on the disqualified list, which did not remove him from the 40-man. It allowed the Cubs to replace him without going over the 40-man limit. A player who is on the 60-day DL doesn’t take up a roster spot, but he’s still on the 40-man. For example, if you have 40 guys on the roster and 2 are on the 60-day DL, you can add 2 more players. This is what happened with Zambrano. At no time was he removed from that roster. He was removed from the active roster when he was no longer able to participate.