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Carlos Zambrano to Start for Reading on Saturday
Twelve year major league veteran joins Fightins roster
06/03/2013 8:52 PM ET
The Reading Fightin Phils will send Carlos Zambrano to the mound when they face Harrisburg on Friday night.
The Reading Fightin Phils will send Carlos Zambrano to the mound when they face Harrisburg on Friday night. 

READING, Pa.---Right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano will be added to the Reading Fightin Phils roster and start for the team this Saturday when the team hosts the Harrisburg Senators at 7:05 p.m.

Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a minor league free agent on May 15, Zambrano has been pitching throughout the organization with hopes of returning to the majors. After a stint in extended spring training, he made two starts for the advanced-A Clearwater Threshers where he held opponents scoreless in 10 1/3 innings pitched while striking out five and walking four. 

Over 12 major league seasons, Zambrano is 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA. The 32-year old is best known for his 11 seasons with the Chicago Cubs from 2001 to 2011 where he posted a 125-81 record with a 3.60 ERA. With the Cubs, he was also named to the National League All-Star team three times in 2004, 2006, and 2008. The hurler was also the National League's win leader in 2006 after going 16-7. Against the Houston Astros in 2008, Zambrano pitched the lone no-hitter of his career.

A member of Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Zambrano last pitched in the majors with the Miami Marlins in 2012 and went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA.   

In addition to his pitching, Zambrano has made quite the name for himself at the plate. Known as one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball, he has won a Silver Slugger Award three times and holds a career .238 AVG with 24 HR and 71 RBIs. On Friday, Zambrano will get the chance to take a couple swings as the Fightins are playing the Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Tickets for Zambrano's start on Saturday with the Fightins are available by visiting Fightins.com, calling 610-370-BALL, or by visiting the Fightin Phils Ticket Office located at FirstEnergy Stadium. Saturday night's game will feature a post-game fireworks show thanks to Savage KIA.

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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