said Tuesday his left knee felt OK, and he even pulled up his pants leg to show there were no scars from Monday night's bat-breaking episode.
Zambrano broke his bat over his knee after striking out in the third inning, which drew applause from Cubs fans but was a risky move nonetheless.
"That was a one-time thing," Zambrano said. "That's like when the sun and the moon go together, like an eclipse."
Was it a premeditated act?
"No, that was just a reaction," he said. "I never thought about that—never. That was a maple bat. If I tried to do that again, I'd break my leg. No chance. I was frustrated because I missed good pitches he threw to me right down the middle.
"We were down 3-0, and I want to do something for my team. I don't think you'll see that again."
Although Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly
criticized the move on the telecast, manager Dusty Baker
absolved Zambrano afterward. On Tuesday, Baker was asked if he ever would tell Zambrano not to break bats over his knee again.
"You can say it, but when stuff hits you top of your head, man …" Baker said. "My mother told me 'Don't spit anymore.' The next thing I know, I'm spitting. When it hits you top of your head, man, you really don't hear anybody except the pressure top of your head."
Asked if he believed Zambrano when he said he never would do it again, Baker simply rolled his eyes and grinned.