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Zambrano delivers scoreless outing at Class A

Zambrano delivers scoreless outing at Class A

PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Carlos Zambrano threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a start Tuesday with Class A Clearwater.

He probably needs two to three more starts before the Phillies consider him for a spot on the big league roster. Zambrano signed a Minor League contract this month. He can ask for his release if he is not on the Phillies' roster by July 1.

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"I saw him on video," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I talked to [player development director] Joe Jordan and [Minor League roving pitching coach] Carlos Arroyo, guys who have been asked to keep an eye on him. He threw OK. 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."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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