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.