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Phillies close to getting Jose Contreras back from surgery

Apr 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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Jose Contreras‘ minor-league rehab assignment got off to a rough start last week, but since then he’s made a pair of good appearances and could be on the verge of returning from elbow surgery.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Contreras is scheduled to pitch today and tomorrow, testing his arm with back-to-back outings, and if everything goes well he could come off the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

Initially the recovery timetable for his September surgery was 4-6 months, so Contreras being right in line with that is pretty remarkable at age 40. And with Chad Qualls hurting the Phillies could definitely use the bullpen reinforcement.

  1. philsbirdsflyers - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    If he returns to ’11 form, he’ll be a huge addition to the bullpen.

  2. xmatt0926x - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    If he’s a day younger than 69 years old then I’m the pope.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      If he can’t make it back, does Cuba have AARP?

  3. mojosmagic - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Quails didn’t look like he was hurting last night.

  4. Gordon - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    I still remember how dominating this guy was the last half of ’05 for the Sox. It’s a shame he never reached that form before or after that point. Thankfully he got hot at the right time. I hope he gets better soon.

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