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Zambrano to Pitch Sunday in Lehigh Valley

Carlos Zambrano threw seven scoreless innings Tuesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he will make at least one more start in the Minor Leagues.

He will start Sunday for the IronPigs.

“He threw much better,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “He’s getting much closer. He’ll pitch Sunday and we’ll kind of make a decision from there.”

Zambrano allowed five hits, one walk and struck out six Tuesday. He is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in five Minor League starts, but in his previous start last week his fastball sat in the mid-80s. Amaro said he saw improvement there.

Zambrano must be placed on the big-league roster by July 1 or he can ask for his release. He could only make one more start in the Minors beyond Sunday before the Phillies have to make a decision. If he joins the team he likely would replace rookie right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who is 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 11 starts, although he is 0-3 with a 6.98 ERA in his last four starts.

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Also, read what Delmon Young has to say about his first few weeks with the Phillies, and why Amaro is sticking with him.

Phillies Sign Big Z

zambranoThe Phillies woke up this morning 19-21, but just 3 ½ games behind the Braves in the National League East.

As inconsistent as they have been, they believe they have a shot to make the postseason.

So they took a chance today and signed talented, but controversial right-hander Carlos Zambrano to a Minor League deal. Zambrano will report to Clearwater, Fla., where he will begin working out in extended Spring Training. He has until July 1 to prove himself before he can exercise an opt-out clause in his contract.

“No promises were made, but this was just an opportunity to add some starting pitching depth,” Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Zambrano went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA in 35 appearances (20 starts) last season with the Marlins. He is 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA in a career spent mostly with the Cubs, but he has become notorious for his outbursts, which have involved fights with teammates like Derrek Lee and Michael Barrett, battered water coolers and criticism of fans. He has been suspended twice as a result.

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