Carlos Zambrano, who last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2012, apologized through a Venezuelan newspaper for starting a brawl during Venezuela's winter league series final on Saturday.

His apology was reported on Monday by El Nacional newspaper, according to Associated Press.

The fight occurred in the third game of the series. After Zambranos' Navegantes del Magallanes teammate Ezequiel Carrera was hit by a pitch, Zambrano punched Caribes de Anzoategui pitcher Mayckol Guiape.

That initiated a brawl involving both teams.

Zambrano called it a "very embarrassing incident," according to the Associated Press account of the El Nacional report.

He asked for the forgiveness of Venezuelans.

The Venezuelan League of Professional Baseball is investigating.

Zambrano is currently a free agent in Major League Baseball. He went 7-10 with 4.49 ERA in 2012 for the Miami Marlins.