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Jose Contreras rocked Wednesday in first rehab appearance

May 18, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

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Roy Oswalt‘s final rehab outing didn’t go very well and yet the Phillies still activated him this week with confidence, so maybe Wednesday night’s poor showing by rehabbing reliever Jose Contreras won’t matter. But it was certainly an ugly one.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras failed to make it through one inning of work in his first rehab appearance this evening at Single-A Clearwater, surrendering three runs and four hits before getting yanked at 21 pitches.

Contreras is on the disabled list currently with a Grade 1 strain of his throwing elbow. He’s aiming to return to the major leagues within the next next five or six days.

The veteran right-hander had thrown eight scoreless innings and successfully converted all five of his save chances before the injury. Ryan Madson has been handling the ninth inning for the Phillies all this month.

  1. chadjones27 - May 18, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    So it’s possible, that at some point in the not too distant future, the Phils could have four #1 starters and three closers… and no hitters.

  2. xmatt0926x - May 19, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Give Contreras a break. How would any other 50 year old do??

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