• by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Carlos Zambrano throws showcase for teams

    Free-agent pitcher Carlos Zambrano threw a showcase for interested teams this week, MLBDailyDish.com reports. Zambrano is looking to latch on with a major-league team after dealing with a shoulder injury while pitching in the minors and eventually being released last season.

  • by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com

    Carlos Zambrano hoping for 2014 comeback

    Free agent pitcher Carlos Zambrano will attempt a major league comeback in 2014 according to his agent, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. Zambrano, 32, posted a 3.32 ERA for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Philadelphia organization but was released after just four starts.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Phillies release Carlos Zambrano

    The Phillies released pitcher Carlos Zambrano Thursday. "Carlos was showing a pretty solid progression before his shoulder strain," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "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 went 3-0 with a 2.04 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts across three minor-league levels.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Carlos Zambrano lands on minor-league DL

    The Phillies placed veteran starter Carlos Zambrano on the minor-league disabled list after leaving Friday's start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a stiff right shoulder. Zambrano could be on his way out due to a clause in his deal that allows him to ask for his release if he wasn't promoted to the majors by Monday.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Carlos Zambrano suffers shoulder injury

    Phillies starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano was pulled from his start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley after just two innings Friday due to tightness in his right shoulder. Zambrano was removed from the start by the team's athletic trainer after Zambrano grabbed at his shoulder following his second inning. Zambrano threw 34 pitches in the outing. This was expected to be Zambrano's final start before his opt-out date July 1, and it certainly throws his future into question. Zambrano posted a 4.74 ERA in 19 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

  • by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com

    Phillies unlikely to call up Carlos Zambrano

    The Phillies are unlikely to recall pitcher Carlos Zambrano before his opt-out date July 1, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Zambrano has a 1.89 ERA over six minor league starts in the organization but his ERA in Triple-A is a less impressive 3.18. Zambrano allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in his last start Sunday, and Ruben Amaro said he needs more consistency out of Zambrano before he can justify a callup.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Carlos Zambrano making another minor-league start

    Phillies starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano will make another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley Sunday after tossing seven scoreless innings Tuesday, according to MLB.com. "He threw much better," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's getting much closer. He'll pitch Sunday and we'll kind of make a decision from there." Zambrano must be placed on the major-league roster by July 1 or he can ask for his release. The veteran right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in five minor-league starts.

  • by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com

    Carlos Zambrano dominates in latest minor-league start

    Phillies starter Carlos Zambrano dominated in his most recent minor-league start Tuesday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 32-year-old threw seven shutout innings against Toledo. He allowed just five hits and a walk against seven strikeouts. Zambrano has a 0.95 ERA in 28 1/3 innings between three minor-league levels and a 1.50 ERA in two starts at Lehigh Valley. He could be added to the Phillies rotation if starters like Jonathan Pettibone continue to struggle.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Phillies not ready to promote Carlos Zambrano

    Despite Phillies starting pitcher Jonathan Pettione's recent struggles, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who has progressed to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, isn't ready to join the major-league rotation. "Not based on what I saw his last outing, not in my mind," Amaro said, per CSN Philadelphia. "I'd like to see him pitch again [in the minors]. We'll keep a close eye on his starts and how effective he is. But he's not ready yet in my mind." Zambrano is 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA and .192 opponents' batting average through four minor-league starts between Class A, Double-A and Triple-A. "Right now he's just getting his rhythm back," Amaro said. "He hasn't even had what amounts to a full spring training yet."

  • by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Carlos Zambrano still a bit of a desperation play

    Carlos Zambrano has let everyone know that he's ready to pitch for the Phillies. And after four games in the minors, with a 1.27 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, the 32-year-old righty may have a point. But the Phillies just demoted Tyler Cloyd, who had a 3.41 ERA, to make room in the rotation for John Lannan, so it's looking likely that Zambrano may be destined for the bullpen when he gets the call. With all the zaniness that follows Zambrano (Gatorade machines and bat smashing), it's easy to forgot how consistently good he was from 2002 to 2010 -- a 3.44 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 7.7 K/9. Is there gas left in the tank? Sure. But is there enough to supplant Lannan or Jonathan Pettibone? Probably not (barring injury). Zambrano is best left to NL-only Roto leagues, where starters come at a premium and owners can afford to inherit the risk of Zambrano coming up as a reliever. If he snags a rotation spot, it may be a different story. But for now, he is deeper league territory.