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Jose Contreras moves his comeback to Triple-A

Apr 26, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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When a 41-year-old pitcher has Tommy John elbow surgery the assumption is that we’ve seen the last of him, but Jose Contreras decided to keep playing and his comeback with the Pirates is going well.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Contreras has been promoted to Triple-A, presumably so the Pirates can evaluate his readiness to potentially join the bullpen next month.

Contreras had a 3.74 ERA and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 101 appearances for the Phillies from 2010-2012, including a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings last year before being shut down. He signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates in February.

  1. tuberippin - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Phils fan here. Watching Jose blow out his elbow was brutal. Hope he makes it back just so he can end his career on a high note.

    • drone501 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      i hope he can help the bucs. got the hitting need some starters. between him and liriano hope they can help.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    This guy should have retired 12 years ago, with that said i hope the bluejays sign him!!

  3. xmatt0926x - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I know it’s kind of beating a dead horse to wonder the real age of latino players but come on. That guy is 41 and I’m English Bob.

  4. drone501 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    and im gene hackman.

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