July 25, 2013
By Nick Tricome
Carlos Zambrano, we hardly got to know you.
The Phillies gave the 32-year old righthander his unconditional release on Thursday, after signing him to a minor-league deal back in May.
Zambrano went 3-0 in seven minor league starts, with a 2.04 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings pitched.
However, he hurt his shoulder in his last start, which was with Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the end of June. Zambrano hasn't returned to the mound since the injury.
"Carlos was showing a pretty solid progression before his shoulder strain," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com's Zack Meisel "Unfortunately, at this point, we feel that his chances of rehabbing and then pitching competitively for us in Philadelphia are remote. We felt that for Carlos and the Phillies this was the right thing to do at this time."
Zambrano, who has been known for his temper during his first 12 years in the Majors, has been looking to make his way back into the big leagues.
He won't be doing that with the Phillies now.
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