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Jose Contreras to undergo exploratory elbow surgery

Aug 23, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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Jose Contreras won’t pitch again this season, as the Phillies announced that the veteran reliever will undergo exploratory elbow surgery.

His return timetable depends on what doctors find once he’s under the knife, but even a minor surgery would make Contreras a question mark heading into next season at age 40.

He pitched well enough last season that the Phillies gave Contreras a two-year, $5.5 million deal, but he broke down after just 14 innings this season and hasn’t pitched since June 19.

Contreras is under contract for $2.5 million in 2012 with a $2.5 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2013.

  1. The Common Man - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Exploratory elbow surgery: I claim this ulner collateral ligament for Spain!

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    “… even a minor surgery would make Contreras a question mark heading into next season at age 40.”

    LOL!!! At age 40? More like 50.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Aaaaand That’s why you don’t sign pitchers not named Nolan Ryan to multi-year contracts that extend into their 40s…

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        And Mariano Rivera.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Wheels just said that Ibanez had a cortisone like injection in his groin. Sounds unpleasant.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM

      “Injection” in the same clause/phrase/sentence as “groin” sounds unpleasant.

  4. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Me, Vanimal….ahahahahahahahahaah!!!!

    -Muppet Babies

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM

      Apparently somebody out there doesn’t like the idea of groin injections either, since they thumbed down those comments.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:56 PM

        Yeah, they thumbed down every comment on the thread. Anti-Philly fan, I guess.

        Loser.

  5. Utley's Hair - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    To paraphrase Buddy Ryan, all that Mayberry does is hit homers.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      Yeah, the Chris Carter reference. I like it.

      Jesus H., this Mayberry is on fire. What a bomb! I thought that ball was going up to the second deck!

      • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:15 PM

        I would like to point out that was breaking ball he hit. I believe earlier in the season he had problems hitting breaking ball. Mayberry 2.0 is much different from the earlier Mayberry…. if he keeps it up Mayberry may well start LF next year.

  6. FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    I find it interesting that they focused on Ryan Howard’s reaction to the HR (or rather non-reaction) that kind of says it all right there…

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      I wouldn’t read anything into that. Ryan Howard is a team guy. Always has been.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

      Is his hand still bothering him? I do think that trying to play everyday will get to him, he should get more frequent off-days, even if he plays only 145 games I’m sure he’ll tear the cover off the ball with 40+ HR

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

        It is some type of foot, ankle issue. Not thought to be at all serious.

      • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

        Ahh that would explain his plate struggles, I’m pretty sure he depends on that foot and leg to set himself properly in the bat box.

  7. FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Observation. Duda in spanish means Doubt.

  8. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Polanco looks nimble out there.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM

      I noticed that yesterday too. That bodes well for the post-season, I’d love it if Polanco would go on another .398 AVG binge. Need to bring that season avg back up.

  9. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    You want to know why the Mutts are the Mutts. After Schneider grounded out to Justin Turner at 2nd, I see Turner smiling and laughing. Yeah, your losing by 4 runs at the time and you are happy? That’s the problem with the Mutts.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

      Hey, don’t be hard on Turner, he’s got to find the little victories while playing for a such a dreadful team. Imagine if he were sulky and surly every day, that would not be fun. Personally I’d be happy playing MLB everyday regardless of the outcome.

  10. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Ok, it looks as though Valdez will get his first opportunity to hit into a double play.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:41 PM

      His VaDP has been improving. Have faith.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:43 PM

        Did a good job on that one.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:42 PM

      SAC Fly, not bad.

  11. FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    I’m sure Craig would appreciate the pitcher getting a pair of hits and an RBI

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:46 PM

      He is helping his own cause after all. Pagan really bungled that one.

      • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

        Safe at Third, Safe with NY Life

        Safe with the NY CF!

  12. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Pagan looked like he had a load in his pants from yesterday with that ball that Shane smoked to center.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM

      Completely misread it, he needed to run back on contact. It seems kind of cruel to make fun of Pagan considering he has colitis.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:56 PM

        Come on, FC. He’s doesn’t have a health issue that is life threatening. He has the sh*ts. Having some fun. Geez.

      • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:03 PM

        LOL! I give in Jim, I give in. Call me Francisco.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM

        That’s cool, FC. I love to talk baseball, joke, and have some fun. Especially when it comes at the expense of a NY team, especially the Mutts.

  13. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Did something happen to Justin Upton? Saw he was pulled from the game.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:57 PM

      Yeah, he was seen crying and did not want to play anymore for this horrible Mutts team.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:58 PM

        No, no…Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks, not Justin Turner.

  14. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Utley looked pissed to be taken out of the game. Good move though. Get him rest while you can.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:05 PM

      He’s been hit twice, better not to risk an injury, you’re up 9-0. BTW of all people to hit into a DP I was surprised Pence did it! That won’t do good for his VaDP.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM

        YEah. Pence’s VaDp has gone up. The Sabermaticians will have a field day with that tomorrow.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      Utley is the ultimate gamer. He should be pissed. But, I agree. 9-0. Let him hit the showers.

  15. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    What a great job by Worley tonight. It is amazing that he went 7 innings given the way the first 2 inning went.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      I know I said it earlier, but I must say it again…Me Vanimal, Ahahahahahah!!!

      -Muppet Babies.

  16. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Igarahi? The guy that is pitching for the Mutts right now. Where did they dig this guy up from?

  17. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    I hate the lucky Citizens 7 crap. Wasteless self-promotion for Citizens Bank. Relax, guys. Your name is already on the ballpark. Greedy bastards.

  18. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    What happened? Everyone lose interest in the game. Did you guys fall asleep? Wher’s the conversation?

  19. FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    I’m still here, had to help the wife clean up the kitchen.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:55 PM

      I hear you. That’s a choir I never look forward to.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:59 PM

        *Chore. Damn. EDIT function. EDIT function.

      • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 10:16 PM

        I hear you. That’s a choir I never look forward to.

        Yeah the acoustics just plain SUCK in the kitchen. :-)

  20. FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Stutes outing… not so good to put it mildly.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:57 PM

      Stutes, yeah, what can I say? He hung high fastballs and was hit hard. It was so bad that they had to get Madson up. The kid has been hit on his last few outing pretty good. He looks disgusted and he should be.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:57 PM

      He hasn’t been pitching well for a bit. Herndon might move past him in the pecking order.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 10:02 PM

        At this point, I just send out a pitcher that can get outs. My faith in this bullpen has been shaken over the last several days. I don’t know. I have always hated bullpens in all my years of watching baseball because you never know what you get. That’s why I am always so adament on starters completing games.

    • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      It’s the high fastballs, although the HR by Duda wasn’t high, but it wasn’t “in” enough. Of course Duda pulled it and crushed it, left no Duda about that one. I’ll give him credit for a good swing, say 50% Duda / 50% Stutes pitch not “in” enough.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

        Yeah, when Duda hit that one, there was no “doubt.” He crushed it.

        Stutes looks like a confused kid out there right now. Even in the dugout, he had his head down. Not good to see.

      • FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM

        If Stutes can’t put it together by the end of the season he may find himself out of the post-season Roster.

  21. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Good Night, guys. Enjoyed the conversation. I’m outta here, as the late great Harry Kalas would say.

  22. FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Good Night Biceps! I’m also out of here. Night Doc!

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