The never-ending quest for starting pitching depth has taken the Phillies to Carlos Zambrano, the controversial righthander long known for his histrionics. Zambrano signed a minor-league deal Wednesday.
The Phillies felt adding depth was a necessity with Roy Halladay undergoing shoulder surgery Wednesday and no veteran rotation presence at triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Zambrano will report to extended spring training in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies must promote him to the majors before July 1, or he can ask for his release.
"We are just looking to add some depth, starting pitching depth," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "Right now he will go to extended spring training and throw bullpens and progress from there. No promises were made. It is just an opportunity to add to the starting pitching."