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Jose Contreras has setback during bullpen session Monday

Aug 22, 2011, 9:43 PM EDT

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The odds of seeing Jose Contreras pitch for the Phillies again this season just took a real hit.

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee told Todd Zolecki of that Contreras had his bullpen session cut short earlier today because his elbow was “barking.” He was originally scheduled to throw a bullpen session over the weekend, but the Phillies pushed him back after Dubee determined that “he wasn’t ready.”

Contreras hasn’t pitched since June 19 due to a strained right forearm. The veteran right-hander has a 3.86 ERA, five saves and a 13/8 K/BB ratio over 14 innings prior to the injury.

While Contreras is now scheduled to see a doctor for further evaluation, the news is more encouraging for Joe Blanton. He threw off a mound earlier today with no issues and could still return in September as a reliever. The 30-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched since May 14 due to elbow inflammation.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    this guy’s career has been one big setback, one of the biggest busts ever. I wonder how old he really is, 50?

  2. hittfamily - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    I really enjoy talking baseball. I have a job offshore that requires me to be up at all hours of the night. Unfortunately this blog only updates during the day. Anyone have othe blogs. I’m new to this, but lovemy time here.

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