Jose Contreras rocked Wednesday in first rehab appearance


Roy Oswalt‘s final rehab outing didn’t go very well and yet the Phillies still activated him this week with confidence, so maybe Wednesday night’s poor showing by rehabbing reliever Jose Contreras won’t matter. But it was certainly an ugly one.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras failed to make it through one inning of work in his first rehab appearance this evening at Single-A Clearwater, surrendering three runs and four hits before getting yanked at 21 pitches.

Contreras is on the disabled list currently with a Grade 1 strain of his throwing elbow. He’s aiming to return to the major leagues within the next next five or six days.

The veteran right-hander had thrown eight scoreless innings and successfully converted all five of his save chances before the injury. Ryan Madson has been handling the ninth inning for the Phillies all this month.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.