PITTSBURGH - Jose Contreras' pitching line in a Thursday rehab outing was a red flag, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said there is no reason for concern.
Contreras, on the disabled list and rehabilitating from elbow surgery last September, threw just 11 pitches in single-A Clearwater's opening-day game against Dunedin. Only four of his pitches were strikes and two were wild pitches.
The 40-year-old righthander started the game for the Threshers, but registered only one out and allowed three runs on two hits, including a home run. He also walked a batter.
"He's perfectly fine," Amaro said. "He's going through the process of a rehab. Somebody booted a ground ball behind him that was ruled a hit and his location wasn't great, but he's perfectly fine, physically. He had poor location and got beat up, but that's why he's rehabbing."