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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.


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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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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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.

Injury Updates: Howard, Brown, Contreras and the missing Utley

Phillies Jim Thome (left) and Ryan Howard (right) talk during Spring Training. (CBS Sports)

Earlier this morning, Domonic Brown had an MRI on his injured right thumb. The results of that MRI showed Brown has some inflammation in his thumb, which he sprained on Monday diving for a ball against the Yankees.

But fortunately for Brown, who also fractured his hamate bone last season in the same hand during Spring Training, this injury isn’t as serious and he should be back in the line up next week.

HOWARD IN A BOOT — Ryan Howard will be put back in a walking boot for a week.

“Maybe longer,” G.M. Ruben Amaro said. “We’re just being really cautious with it. The wound itself has to heal. He’s doing fine. We just want to make sure it heals. It’ll heal. … We just want to make sure we don’t have any more recurrence of any infections at all.”

Unfortunately, but being in the walking boot, Howard won’t be working out, doing his conditioning and staying in shape. It’s a setback.

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Contreras’ season is done

After having his third or fourth setback a few days ago, Jose Contreras’ season is done.

Matt Gelb tweeted that Contreras is confident he’ll be back next season but as for now, doesn’t know what type of surgery he will need to repair his injured elbow.

In 17 games this year, Contreras threw 14 innings and compiled a 0-0 record and 3.86 ERA. He also racked up five saves in as many opportunities early in the season.

Gelb: Blanton’s season likely done

Matt Gelb tweeted some not-so-great news for starting pitcher Joe Blanton and his injured right elbow:

Blanton’s season was doomed from the start. He was slated the 5th starter on a team filled with All-Star pitcher’s, most of the time being an afterthought to Phillies fans and baseball minds around the country.

Blanton’s season never took off either. He fought through a couple stints on the DL to manage only six starts, compiling a 2-1 record and 5.50 ERA.

Blanton still has one more year on his contract with the Phillies.

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Expect Ryan Madson to Be the Closer of the Future

Ryan Madson is finally turning the corner as the future closer for the Phillies. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2010 was a rough year for Ryan Madson. He had five blown saves in ten opportunities; he had blown his first shot at being a closer in the league, and had broken his toe by kicking a chair in frustration.

To add insult to injury, Charlie Manuel assigned Jose Contreras as the closer over Madson before this season when Brad Lidge went on the DL.

The media suggested that Madson did not have the “closer’s mentality” necessary to be a closer in the league, which is why Manuel picked Contreras instead of Madson.

The 2011 season has been a complete turnaround for Madson. In just the month of May, he already has just as many saves (5) as he did last year. He has a WHIP of .93 and an even lower ERA (.60). He has 18 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched, and he has given up one run so far this season on just nine hits. Read more of this post