Carlos Zambrano exited his last Triple-A start with a shoulder injury and the Phillies announced that he’ll be sidelined for a month after an MRI exam revealed a lat strain.
Zambrano’s minor-league contract with the Phillies had a July 1 opt-out date, but that’s out the window now and if Zambrano has to slowly build back his arm strength following the month off he might not be an option for the Phillies until September, if at all.
Zambrano had a 2.04 ERA in seven starts in the minors, but his 30/17 K/BB ratio in 35 innings was far less impressive and he was mostly working in the high-80s with his fastball.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.