Pena saddened that Big Z won't return in '11

Pena saddened that Big Z won't return in '11

CHICAGO -- The news that pitcher Carlos Zambrano wouldn't return to the Cubs during the 2011 season weighed heavy on the heart of one of his teammates.

"When I heard the news, it obviously saddens me," first baseman Carlos Pena said. "All the time that I've been here, I've been able to build a friendship with him. I am very sad because of how difficult of a situation it has been. Not only for us, but for him. I know it's been very hard for him."

Though this is Pena's first year in Chicago, he was able to grow close to Zambrano. Pena said he hopes fans can push past the negative and remember the positive things about Zambrano.

"I think we should focus on the good stuff that he has brought to this ballclub, the good times," Pena said. "He has dominated at times, he's been a great teammate at times. And the rest, those are things that he must deal with.

"We're all here for him. At the end of the day, we're all here for him. That's what's most important. ... Baseball is our career, but there is more to life."