The Philadelphia Phillies released pitcher Chad Gaudin after he failed a physical, the team announced Thursday.

"We didn't feel comfortable with the exam yesterday, so we decided to let him go," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a story on the team's website.

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Gaudin signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies last month but was expected to make the opening-day roster as a reliever and spot starter.

"It hurts," Amaro said. "The roles he could fill as a long guy that can sit around for 10 days and not pitch, then pitch as a starter ... all those things you'd like a veteran guy to do. We're going to have to find out if that guy's in our camp."

Gaudin, 30, made his MLB debut in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He also has pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants.

In 344 games, including 87 starts, he is 45-44 with a 4.44 ERA. Last season with the Giants, Gaudin went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games, including 12 starts.

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