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Phillies activate Jose Contreras from disabled list

May 26, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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As expected, the Phillies activated Jose Contreras from the disabled list prior to today’s game.

Also expected, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that Contreras “will work in a setup role while Ryan Madson continues to be used as closer.”

Madson had his first rough outing of the season earlier this week, but he’s 9-for-9 converting saves with a 1.71 ERA. Prior to landing on the DL in mid-April Contreras had thrown eight scoreless innings and saved five games.

David Herndon was optioned back to Triple-A to make room on the roster and in the bullpen for Contreras’ return.

  1. halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Good news that Contreras is back. But, I would have rathered the Phillies release Romero instead of sending Herndon down. I can’t take Romero any longer.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      I agree. Romero would have cleared waivers. Should let him work on stuff in AAA. He has been terrible in virtually every outing this season. Also, Herndon has looked good since he was called back up. Looks to have sorted out a mechanical flaw.

    • kellyb9 - May 26, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      I assume the person that voted this comment down was JC Romero. Honestly, he just can’t get the ball over the plate.

      • Phillies Homer - May 26, 2011 at 12:54 PM

        I think there might be some people that see a bicepts post and automatically give it a thumbs down no matter the content!

    • kcq101 - May 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      JC is a bum. But so is Herndon, despite a decent showing last night. Waivering over the two of them is futile.

      The more interesting questions/decisions will arise when Lidge is ready to come back. With Utley not being an every-day guy and the platooning of the corners in the outfield, we need to keep a deeper Bench. As a result, we’ll have less room in the Pen.

      I don’t want Stutes to go back down, but he seems like he’ll be at-risk. He’s playing great, even playing in the past 3 consecutive games. Bastardo is a must keep. Kendrick will likely stick around. Despite the rabbit that Baez pulled out of his ass last night (which was certainly clutch, I’m not discoutning the performance), he’s just as painful to watch on the mound, otherwise. But he’s getting $$$ and would neve be sent down.

      We’ll see what happens. It wouldn’t be Baseball if the Phillies didn’t have to play musical chairs with the Pen.

    • Jonny 5 - May 26, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      Here guys, read this if it tickles you. But read this guy and he will make you think in ways you never dreamed of before.

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2011 at 12:44 AM

      Are you kidding? At this point in his career, “activating” Contreras probably required a direct hit on every lightning rod on the tops of the turrets of the Feelies’ team doctor’s Transylvanian castle.

  2. Utley's Hair - May 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Hey, Dave, thanks for that stellar Cliffy-in-the-World-Series-like performance last night. Now, here’s your form to fill out for Northeast Extension toll money. You can fill it out when you get to Allentown.

  3. cup0pizza - May 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Yay! ANOTHER Filthadelphia article! So exciting.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 26, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      If it is do terrible for you to be subjected to Philadelphia articles, why are you reading and commenting on them?

      • jimbo1949 - May 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        note the zero between cup and pizza. Equivalent to the sum total intelligent comments offered by this poster.

    • CJ - May 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      i just love the originality of some of these posts. Filthadelphia? really? that line’s gotta be older than you are by now.

      who puts pizza in a cup anyway?

      • Utley's Hair - May 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM

        Maybe it’s a reference to some nasty troll disease he contracted.

    • mercyflush - May 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      cup0pizza is addicted to the Phillies. He posts comments on every Phillies article.

  4. Jonny 5 - May 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Big Truck delivered today. And Lee? Gave up hits, sure he did. But he got them all back with his bat.. How cool. Oh and Ibanez and Utley go Yard. Good day indeed.

    • Utley's Hair - May 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      It’s a good thing Cliffy went to a team where he could hit. 2 for 4 with 3 RBI is a good day for a pitcher—first time since Cory Lidle in 2004 that a Phightins pitcher brought home as many.

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