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Jose Contreras “threw very, very well” in first bullpen session since surgery

Feb 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jose Contreras took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in September and Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said afterward that the veteran right-hander “did fine” and “threw very, very well.”

Contreras was initially given a 4-6 month recovery timetable that made him unlikely to be healthy for the beginning of the season, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com now reports that the Phillies “are hopeful he can be ready by Opening Day.”

Dubee stressed that the Phillies will take things slow with Contreras and at age 40 he’d be a question mark even without the big injury worries, which is why they signed Chad Qualls to fill the right-handed setup man void in front of high-priced closer Jonathan Papelbon.

  1. bleedgreen - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Hopefully the Big Truck can come back strong. Phils don’t have anyone else that can throw heat like him. He was touching 98mph on occasions last year and routinely blowing 97mph balls by people.

    • phillyphreak - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      No he wasn’t. PitchFX has his FBv at 93.0. I don’t think it was routinely, though he could have touched that at times.

      • mox19380 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        I do recall being at several games last spring where he was getting up to 95mph maybe 96. Although I’ve always heard that the pitch speeds displayed in stadiums and on TV are inflated

      • phillyphreak - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Oh I’m not disputing that he hit those speeds, just not routinely. If you go through the PITCHfx data game by game you can see that he did hit 96 sometimes. It just wasn’t a lot.

  2. rob0527 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Doesn’t everybody have a good bullpen session?

  3. cleverbob - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Yea, but what kind of shape is he in?

    • mox19380 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      best shape of his life?

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