As expected, Phillies right-hander Jose Contreras underwent surgery on Saturday afternoon to clean and repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow. This according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Contreras posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 17 relief appearances this season before elbow troubles sent him to the disabled list for good in mid-June.
He had a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 14 innings.
Contreras is expected to need around 4-6 months of recovery time, meaning he probably won’t be fully recuperated by the start of spring training next February. The 39-year-old setup man is under contract with the Phillies at $2.5 million in 2012. He also carries a $2.5 million club option for 2013.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.