Phillies Notes: Still rehabbing, Contreras has a shaky outing

was knocked around Thursday, but GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he's not worried: "He's going through the process of a rehab." YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
was knocked around Thursday, but GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he's not worried: "He's going through the process of a rehab." YONG KIM / Staff Photographer (Phillies reliever Jose Contreras)
Posted: April 07, 2012

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."

Contreras is eligible to return from the disabled list April 10, which would keep him out of action for only four Phillies games. But it appears Contreras could require more time to improve his effectiveness. The Phillies have also said they'd like Contreras to pitch on back-to-back days in the minors before his activation.

He appeared in three Grapefruit League games for the Phillies and had a 19.29 ERA, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 21/3 innings. Contreras is in the second year of a two-year deal that will pay him $2.5 million this season. There is also a 2013 option for $2.5 million that includes a $500,000 buyout.

Extra bases

With Pirates righthander Jeff Karstens on the mound, Charlie Manuel could start both Juan Pierre and Jim Thome on Saturday. The manager said he plans to tinker with his lineup often in the early part of the season to see if there are combinations better than others. Even if Thome starts Saturday, it's highly likely he plays first base Monday in the team's home opener. . . . Cliff Lee makes his debut Saturday. He has pitched at PNC Park only once, in 2009. . . . The Phillies had all of Friday off.


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