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.
The Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Tom Koehler, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The team has yet to officially announce the signing, which is currently pending a physical.
Following a mostly-productive five-year run with the Marlins, the 31-year-old flamed out in 12 starts for Miami in 2017, eventually coming over to the Blue Jays in a midseason trade for minor leaguer Osman Gutierrez. He made a successful transition to the bullpen and finished the season on a high note, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 in 17 innings.
Koehler was non-tendered by the Blue Jays earlier this month and had attracted a fair amount of interest around the league prior to his signing. He’s expected to reprise his role as a middle reliever in Los Angeles, though Cotillo speculates that he could also bring some depth and balance to the Dodgers’ lefty-heavy rotation.