Zambrano suffered a Grade I Lat Strain which was supposed to sideline him for at least a month. Zambrano could have opted out of his contract with the Phillies on July 1st but he was injured in Saturday's start and landed on the disabled list. It all came to an end today as the Phillies announced that they have released the righthander.
In two starts at Single-A Clearwater, he pitched 10.1 innings without allowing a run and allowed just seven hits while walking four and striking out five batters. In one start at Double-A Reading, he went six innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking three batters. In four starts for Lehigh Valley, Zambrano was 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched.
The Phillies did not look like they were rushing Zambrano to the majors even when he was pitching and his 1.53 Triple-A WHIP might lend itself to that.
As bad as the Phillies have been this year, especially in the bullpen, the fact that Zambrano could not find a spot on the roster does not reflect well on him. It's just one less story line to follow the rest of the season.
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