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 MLB.com 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.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East
Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams. The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.
Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.