When a 41-year-old pitcher has Tommy John elbow surgery the assumption is that we’ve seen the last of him, but Jose Contreras decided to keep playing and his comeback with the Pirates is going well.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Contreras has been promoted to Triple-A, presumably so the Pirates can evaluate his readiness to potentially join the bullpen next month.
Contreras had a 3.74 ERA and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 101 appearances for the Phillies from 2010-2012, including a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings last year before being shut down. He signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates in February.
The White Sox announced yesterday that pitcher Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain aneurysm on Friday night, is “progressing well” after undergoing brain surgery.
The White Sox say that Farquhar has use of his extremities, is able to respond to questions and commands and can speak to doctors and to his family. He remains in critical but “neurologically stable” condition, according to the statement.
As reported earlier, he’ll likely remain in the hospital for three weeks. There has been no discussion about his future in baseball, but Bob Nightengale reported yesterday that, according to neurologists with whom he spoke, the recovery from the sort of aneurysm which felled Farquhar is measured in “months, not weeks,” and it’s possible that he never pitches again.