Jose Contreras has setback during bullpen session Monday


The odds of seeing Jose Contreras pitch for the Phillies again this season just took a real hit.

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee told Todd Zolecki of that Contreras had his bullpen session cut short earlier today because his elbow was “barking.” He was originally scheduled to throw a bullpen session over the weekend, but the Phillies pushed him back after Dubee determined that “he wasn’t ready.”

Contreras hasn’t pitched since June 19 due to a strained right forearm. The veteran right-hander has a 3.86 ERA, five saves and a 13/8 K/BB ratio over 14 innings prior to the injury.

While Contreras is now scheduled to see a doctor for further evaluation, the news is more encouraging for Joe Blanton. He threw off a mound earlier today with no issues and could still return in September as a reliever. The 30-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched since May 14 due to elbow inflammation.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.