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More elbow problems send Jose Contreras back to DL

Jun 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Jose Contreras lasted just nine appearances between disabled list stints, as the Phillies have placed the 39-year-old reliever back on the shelf with more elbow problems.

Contreras was previously on the DL for five weeks beginning in late April and allowed six runs in six innings since returning, giving him a 3.86 ERA and 13/8 K/BB ratio in 14 innings overall this season.

Juan Perez has been called up from Triple-A to take Contreras’ place on the roster and in the bullpen, but the 32-year-old journeyman isn’t likely to be used as more than a middle man despite 41 strikeouts (and 21 walks) in 31 innings at Triple-A.

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

    I have to be honest. Who cares about this fat slob that’s probably 50 years old? You are broken down and another reason why the Phils will make a trade for bullpen help.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Well that sucks. What’s up with Lidge? Anyone?

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      I missed where he was switched to the 60-day DL.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        Me too. WTH? Not that I want him closing anymore, but he could add depth.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        Apparently, it happened way early in the season.

    • bigxrob - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      I thought his return was pushed back to after the AS break. I would not be suprised if he misses the year.

  3. FC - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    You know Brad Lidge has his faults but I’m willing to NOT piss on him for the marvelous 2008 run. Bringing home a Championship? Priceless… but don’t expect Philly to exercise that 2012 option!

  4. FC - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Contreras is a nice enough guy but that 2 year deal is starting to look iffy. I never would have done that with a guy his age. Only Moyer is Ageless and even he’s out of Baseball. Then again he was only supposed to be the 7th Inning Guy and with that rotation you figured he’d see action maybe twice a week…

  5. bleedgreen - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    With the way Stutes and Bastardo have been throwing, Contreras essentially lost his job as the 8th inning guy too. Herndon is serviceable enough to get us through low pressure 7th’s if either Stutes or Bastardo aren’t available. Both have shown the ability to get people out on either side of the plate.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Contreras was washed up 8 years ago, i hope the silly phillies sign him for another 5 years so he can go straight to social security when he’s done pitching

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