Jose Contreras diagnosed with UCL and flexor tendon tears


UPDATE: The diagnosis is in on Jose Contreras and it’s not good. Jim Salisbury of reports that Contreras was diagnosed with tears in his ulnar collateral ligament and his flexor pronator tendon.

His season is obviously over and given Contreras’ advanced age, there’s a chance this could be a career-ender.

11:15 AM: Scary moment last night, as Jose Contreras went to the ground clutching at his arm after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning.

The Phillies announced that Contreras left the ballgame with right elbow soreness, but manager Charlie Manuel later confirmed to Jim Salisbury of that the veteran right-hander will be placed on the disabled list and is scheduled to undergo an MRI today.

Contreras was limited to just 17 appearances last season with a right forearm strain and began this season on the disabled list following elbow surgery last September, so there’s obvious reason for concern.

Contreras has a 5.27 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings out of the Phillies’ bullpen this season.

Let’s end spring training now, you guys

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There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.

Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:

Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.

But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.

All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.