The Phillies were hoping Jose Contreras would be able to begin a throwing program after the All-Star break, but he’s now scheduled to see Dr. Lewis Yocum this week for a second opinion on his right forearm.
Contreras, who opened the year as closer, has been limited to just 17 appearances this season due to elbow and forearm injuries. He was placed on the disabled list on June 20 with a strained right forearm.
According to John R. Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said yesterday that the veteran right-hander has had “intermittent symptoms” of the injury reappear, which has raised questions about whether he is hurt more than initially diagnosed.
While Contreras’ season could very well be in jeopardy, the other injured members of the Phillies’ bullpen are making some progress. Brad Lidge made his third minor league rehab appearance Saturday while Ryan Madson is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday and could rejoin the Phillies for the second half opener Friday against the Mets.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.