Phillies release Chad Gaudin after failed physical

Phillies release Chad Gaudin after failed physical
February 13, 2014, 8:30 am
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Chad Gaudin was 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games, 12 starts for the Giants last year. (USATSI)

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies subtracted some of their pitching depth Thursday morning when Chad Gaudin was released after failing a physical exam.

Though Gaudin had been on a minor-league contract, he had a chance to make the big club because of ability to work as a starter or a reliever.

Now, he’s out of the picture.

“I don’t want to get specific,” GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We didn’t feel comfortable with the exam yesterday and we decided to let him go.”

Gaudin went to camp on a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants last season and ended up being an important member of that club. He pitched in 30 games, 12 of them starts, and went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA. He was 5-1 with a 3.53 ERA in his 12 starts.

Gaudin did not pitch after Aug. 16 when he was treated for carpal tunnel syndrome.