In need of a lift in the rotation, the Philadelphia Phillies are taking a chance on Carlos Zambrano.
The three-time All-Star agreed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Wednesday and will report this week to Clearwater, Fla., for extended spring training.
Zambrano is known as much for his volatile outbursts and dugout confrontations with teammates as he is for his 132 wins over 12 seasons and a no-hitter.
With Roy Halladay and John Lannan on the disabled list, the slumping Phillies turned to Zambrano, even though he hasn’t pitched in the majors since September with the Miami Marlins.
“No promises are made. It’s just an opportunity to add some starting pitching,” Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
Zambrano, 31, is 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA, including 11 seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He was 16-17 with a 4.66 ERA the last two years.
Cueto close to rejoining Reds
Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto is on target to rejoin the rotation next week after making his second injury rehabilitation start.
The right-hander has been on the disabled list since April 15 because of a strained muscle in his upper right arm. Barring a setback, he’ll likely start one of the Reds’ games early next week against the New York Mets, manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday.
“It would be a big boost to get him back,” Baker said. “He’s one of the best in the league.”
Cueto pitched five shutout innings Tuesday for Class-A Dayton against West Michigan and earned the victory. He threw 58 pitches, walked none and allowed three hits.
Yankees call up infielder Adams
The New York Yankees selected the contract of infielder David Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and they designated third baseman Chris Nelson for assignment two weeks after acquiring him.
Adams made his major-league debut on his 26th birthday, starting at third base and batting sixth against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
NHL set to invade Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium will host two NHL games next season, with the New York Rangers playing the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and the Rangers meeting the Islanders three days later.