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Carlos Zambrano | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 270
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right

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Carlos Zambrano told reporters at Wrigley Field on Friday that he's retired.
Big Z hadn't previously officially announced his retirement, but he hasn't pitched anywhere in 2014 and really struggled in 2012 when he last appeared in the majors. The 33-year-old retires with a career 132-91 record and 3.66 ERA over 12 big league seasons. He made $113.95 million during his career. Fri, Sep 5, 2014 12:33:00 PM

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Former major league pitcher Carlos Zambrano apologized for instigating a brawl during Venezuela's Winter League championship series.

Big Z didn't pitch in the game but found himself in the middle of the scrum, throwing a series of haymakers that didn't find a home. He told El Nacional newspaper that he was sorry for the "very embarrassing incident." Cubs fans might recall Zambrano's temper from a 2011 incident in which he was suspended 30 games for screaming at teammate Derrek Lee.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 08:38:00 AM

Mark Townsend of Yahoo! Sports reports that Carlos Zambrano "was at the center of a bench-clearing brawl" during Game 3 of the Venezuelan Winter League championship series on Saturday.

Big Z didn't pitch in the game but was in the middle of the scuffle, throwing some haymakers that thankfully didn't really connect with anyone. It's clear that Zambrano hasn't done much to curb his anger issues, but it's his 4.93 ERA and 25/23 K/BB ratio over 42 Winter League frames that will likely hurt his chances more at netting a minor league deal from someone.
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 09:07:00 AM

Carlos Zambrano is pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League in hopes of making a comeback in MLB.

Zambrano attempted a comeback this season in the Phillies' minor league system, but suffered a lat strain and was given his release in July. The 32-year-old had a 4.49 ERA in 20 starts and 15 relief appearances with the Marlins in 2012. It's unclear if any team will deem him worth the hassle, but he'd almost certainly have to accept a minor league deal.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Carlos Zambrano is healthy and wants to pitch next year, according to his agent.

Zambrano will pitch in Venezuelan winter ball in hopes of landing a contract offer. He faces long odds. Temperamental out-of-shape pitchers in their 30s coming off a year in which they didn't pitch in the majors don't generally fare the best on the open market, especially if that specific pitcher posted a 4.66 ERA over the two preceding years and was released by a pitching-needy team (the Phillies axed "Z" from the Triple-A Lehigh Valley roster in July).
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 03:42:00 PM

Phillies released RHP Carlos Zambrano.

Zambrano latched on with the Phillies in mid-May and made a bunch of starts in the minors before coming down a Grade 1 lat strain. The veteran right-hander is now free to sign elsewhere, but he's a long shot to pitch in the majors this season.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 05:07:00 PM

Carlos Zambrano has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain.

He'll be shut down for the next four weeks. Zambrano might have opted out of his minor league deal if he was healthy, but that obviously won't happen now. He won't be an option for the Phillies until sometime in August.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 07:20:00 PM

Carlos Zambrano has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with right shoulder tightness.

Zambrano felt the tightness Friday. He will presumably visit a shoulder specialist at some point next week.
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 05:45:00 PM

Carlos Zambrano left Friday's start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley with right shoulder tightness.

Zambrano allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk before exiting. The veteran right-hander was unlikely to be called up prior to his opt-out date on July 1, so an injury pretty much seals his fate.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 06:31:00 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro indicated Monday that Carlos Zambrano is unlikely to be promoted before July 1, when he can exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.

"This last start wasn't as good as the one prior," Amaro said. "He's been inconsistent. We'll see." When asked if Zambrano can get major league hitters out, Amaro replied, "He can, at times. Right now, I don't know if he can do it consistently." Big Z holds a 2.89 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings covering six minor league starts, but it sounds like the Phillies have more faith in Jonathan Pettibone at the moment. Zambrano shouldn't have trouble catching on elsewhere if he opts out.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:16:00 PM

Carlos Zambrano struck out six over seven scoreless innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.

Big Z permitted five hits and walked one. The veteran righty now holds a 0.95 ERA over five starts in the minors and could be added to the Phillies' rotation this weekend. Jonathan Pettibone would lose his rotation spot if Zambrano is called up.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 09:19:00 PM

Carlos Zambrano's start with Double-A Reading on Friday was rained out.

Big Z had 10 1/3 scoreless innings over his first two starts with High-A Clearweater and was slated to move up to Double-A on Friday. However, he'll now be pushed back to Saturday. The veteran right-hander could soon join the Phillies' starting rotation.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 04:14:00 PM

Carlos Zambrano will make his next start at Double-A Reading on Friday.

Big Z tossed six scoreless innings in his second start with High-A Clearwater on Sunday. He's now been unscored upon in 10 1/3 minor league innings and could possibly be added to the Phillies' rotation if Friday's outing goes well.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 06:53:00 PM

Carlos Zambrano threw six scoreless innings in his start Sunday with High-A Clearwater.

According to's Adam Berry, Zambrano showed good command and touched 90 mph with his sinker. He's expected to make at least one more start before the Phillies consider him for a promotion. Zambrano can opt out of his minor league deal on July 1 if he hasn’t been added to the 25-man roster.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Carlos Zambrano will need at least two more minor league starts before possibly joining the Phillies.

Zambrano threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first outing for High-A Clearwater Tuesday, but general manager Ruben Amaro wasn't overly impressed. "He threw OK," Amaro said. "I don't think he lit the world on fire. But he's gaining arm strength. It was a little better than his last outing. He's getting stretched out. We'll see where he goes from here." John Lannan (quad) could be ready to join the Phils before Big Z, so it remains to be seen where he fits in with the big club.
Wed, May 29, 2013 06:31:00 PM

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