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Phillies Buy Out Contreras, Wigginton

The Phillies have declined the options of relief pitcher Jose Contreras and infielder Ty Wigginton.

Both players were bought out for $500,000 apiece.

State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Going into this post, I really didn’t know what I wanted to write. So a fair warning: this is me babbling incoherently about how awful the Phillies are and how the fact the sky is falling. Ready, Go!

I want to panic with the Phillies 31-37 record following a sweep in Toronto and 3-6 road trip. I want to panic with the Phillies being nine games out of first place and in last place of the division.

But it’s June with just over 90 games to play on the season and the Phillies will be getting back Chase Utley in at the most two weeks. Surely with that allotted amount of time left in the season and with the health of the team bound to improve fans shouldn’t be jumping ship yet.

It’s easier said than done and it has sent the Phillies into an early panic mode, at least it should.

The Phillies are still without their Big Three. Utley will be back in two weeks at the latest, Ryan Howard is still a mystery and Roy Halladay still has over a month to go before a return becomes possible.

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Contreras to Give Comeback A Shot

Phillies reliever Jose Contreras walks off the field before injuring his elbow in the 7th inning against the Marlins. He will miss the rest of the season for the second straight year with an elbow injury. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It has been a frustrating last eight months for Jose Contreras.

The 40-year-old reliever is set to have his second surgery since last September to repair a right elbow that has given him problems the last two seasons. It will be the second straight season-ending elbow surgery Contreras will have, this time repairing a torn UCL and flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow.

Contreras injured his elbow right away to start the 7th inning of the Phillies 6-4 win over the Marlins on Friday. After going on the DL late Friday night, Contreras had an MRI this morning to diagnose the problem, thus presenting the Cuban with more bad news.

But the Big Truck won’t let this latest set-back put the finishing touches on his career.

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Contreras Suffers Season-Ending Injury

UPDATE 2 — Jose Contreras’ season is done.

Contreras tore the UCL and flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow and will be out for the rest of the season.

UPDATE 1 — Phillies reliever Jose Contreras had an MRI this morning and was revealed that he has a right elbow strain.

Contreras is having bad luck with his right elbow, which kept him out of most of last season, and that he had surgery on last September.

The Phillies called up Michael Schwimer to fill Contreras’ spot in the bullpen.

It’s incredibly frustrating for Contreras, who had been rolling hispast 11 appearances this season. In those 11 games, Contreras was 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

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Everything Clicks In Character-Building Win

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz hits the go-ahead home run in the 8th inning, his seventh of the season. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Phillies 9, Cubs 2
WP – Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00)
LP – Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43)

CHICAGO — The Phillies played a complete, team game… and it may have been the type of game that could very well change the mindset of the team.

A 9-2 character win over the Cubs in Chicago did more to the Phillies than just extend their winning streak to four games and even them up at .500. It showed that all three groups – the offense, starting pitching and bullpen – could all show up in one game to create a win.

The Phillies asked Kyle Kendrick to once again make a start on short notice and the right-hander delivered. Like the good teammate and role player he’s been his whole career, Kendrick got the job done for the Phillies.

He pitched beautifully through six innings, allowing two runs, one earned on three hits while striking out four. He threw a season-high 93 pitches, 65 for strikes in the no-decision.

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Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Facts are facts: this Phillies bullpen really sucks.

Eight losses this season have been credited to the Phillies bullpen.

That’s a 16-game swing. Winning half of those games would give the Phillies an 18-14 record and keep that firmly planted out of the cellar. Instead, it’s been a nightmare watching the last few innings of every game.

The problems have been very recent. The bullpen has a 7.92 ERA (39 earned runs in 44 1/3 innings) in 17 appearances from April 21  to May 9 (stats from a tweet by Todd Zolecki).

In the past eight games, the Phillies bullpen cost the team a win five times dating back to the 15-13 debacle against the Braves. FIVE… and they were all against NL East foes!

Let’s look at those five games since you’re all incredibly miserable and there is nothing to put you in a worse mood.

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Ruiz Update; Contreras’ First Outing

Phillies catcher holds onto the ball after he was run into by Mike Venable to end the 6th inning on April 19. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The play at the plate on Thursday made a big impact, not only in the game but on Carlos Ruiz’s left wrist as well.

The Phillies catcher missed last night’s 4-1 win over the Padres,  a day after injuring his wrist when Will Venable collided with him on Thursday. Ruiz could miss today’s game as well.

The pain and swelling was so bad that he could barely hold a bat yesterday during batting practice.

That’s true, but I don’t make excuses,” Ruiz said to reporters yesterday. “But it was definitely sore, and it was more sore this morning when I woke up.”

If Ruiz can’t play, Brian Schneider will make his second straight start, catching for Roy Halladay tonight. He hit the game-tying single in last night’s win.

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Galvis Sparks Late Offensive Surge

Phillies Juan Pierre hits a two-run single in the 7th. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Freddy Galvis was never meant to be safe on his bunt in the 7th inning.

With runners on first and second, Galvis laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line, legging it out and loading the bases. It set up Brian Schneider’s game-tying single with no outs to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 win over the Padres.

It was the Phillies’ 13th straight victory at PETCO Park, a sure sign of dominance in the Padres home stadium.

Cole Hamels was dealing like he usually does in his home town. He allowed a run on six hits and a walk, striking out four.

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Injury Updates: Utley, Contreras, Qualls, Howard

Just summarizing what Matt Gelb had to report today on the health of some of the Phillies…

Chase Utley — There is nothing really new here. Utley is still out in Arizona working on strengthening his knee.

There is still no timetable for his return, not even a comparison to the 43 games he missed last season.

“I couldn’t tell you that because we have to wait to see when he starts to play in games how he feels, how he’s doing,” GM Ruben Amaro said. “Chase is the kind of guy, as he’s shown in the past, when he wants to go, he goes. Last year when he came back, he was stealing bases, he was running. The one thing he didn’t have a whole lot of was his strength, which is something that he’s working on right now.”

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Contreras to start season on DL

Jose Contreras is just flat out not ready for the regular season.

The 40-year-old right-hander had only been pitching in games the last two weeks and he’s shown signs of not being close to being ready, which is no shock. That is why Contreras will likely start the season on the disabled list.

It isn’t a health issue, general manager Ruben Amaro said. Contreras could be back in the line up by April 11.

Contreras is going to continue doing what he’s doing, which is to build up arm strength through constant repetitions.

In Matt Gelb’s tweet, he hinted that the same path could be taken for Michael Stutes, who has been experiencing shoulder stiffness.

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