ATLANTA -- Cubs manager Mike Quade said on Sunday that he felt his relationship with pitcher Carlos Zambrano was good, and he didn't believe the right-hander's actions Friday night had anything to do with the manager leaving him in the game too long.
"I probably never sat back and analyzed that," Quade said. "I thought it was good as it could be. His decisions, and what has taken place here recently, I didn't take personally. I don't think it had anything to do with our relationship."
Zambrano was placed on the 30-day disqualified list on Saturday after he was ejected from Friday's start for throwing inside on consecutive pitches to Braves third baseman Chipper Jones. He then cleaned out his locker and left Turner Field, telling those in the clubhouse that he was retiring. The team announced on Sunday that Casey Coleman will be recalled to start in Zambrano's place on Wednesday.
Zambrano gave up eight runs in his 4 1/3 innings of work, including a career-high five home runs, which tied a franchise record.
"We needed to try like heck to get five innings out of him," Quade said. "Letting him get hit in the top of the fifth was not about leaving somebody out there to get pounded. First of all, you can hit and help this thing. Second of all, find a way to get through the fifth. If you do, maybe even get through the sixth.
"It's a balance between personal and team. I don't know what his thoughts were on that. It wasn't like you're leaving a guy in because you're mad at him or anything else. It was a team situation."
Quade didn't know if that was why Zambrano elected to try and hit Jones with two straight pitches. But he said he likely would have pulled him earlier had his bullpen not been taxed in the days prior.
"No one likes to give up eight runs. Leaving someone in to get pounded is inappropriate to me," Quade said. "I do know the circumstances the other day. I had to try to stay with him longer than maybe I would have on a day when we were as fresh as fresh could be."
Quade said he has no issue with Zambrano and has no plans to manage his club any differently without him in the clubhouse.
"It's the same with me whether Z is here or not," he said. "I had no problem with Z. I think I have a pretty good understanding of Z, leaving out the fact that I was disappointed with the way it ended the other day."