Aug. 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Miami Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies release Carlos Zambrano


The Carlos Zambrano era in Philadelphia has ended before the Phillies even had a chance to promote him to the majors. The team announced on Thursday afternoon in a press release that they have parted was with the pitcher that was shut down in late June with a shoulder injury. He was serving in Triple-A after signing a one-year minor league contract on May 15.

If it were not for the shoulder injury, it is very likely that he would have been promoted to the majors.

Zombrano started in seven games in Triple-A and was able to post a 2.04 ERA, which is impressive, but he managed only 30 strikeouts with 17 walks.

After an excellent start to his career with the Chicago Cubs, Zambrano stumbled with the Miami Marlins a season ago where he put up a 7-10 record, 4.94 ERA, and 1.50 WHIP. Who knows what is next for Zambrano, but if he can get healthy he could get called up by mid-August.

If injuries continue to haunt Zambrano, then the end of his career could be here at the age of 32.

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