More elbow problems send Jose Contreras back to DL

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Jose Contreras lasted just nine appearances between disabled list stints, as the Phillies have placed the 39-year-old reliever back on the shelf with more elbow problems.

Contreras was previously on the DL for five weeks beginning in late April and allowed six runs in six innings since returning, giving him a 3.86 ERA and 13/8 K/BB ratio in 14 innings overall this season.

Juan Perez has been called up from Triple-A to take Contreras’ place on the roster and in the bullpen, but the 32-year-old journeyman isn’t likely to be used as more than a middle man despite 41 strikeouts (and 21 walks) in 31 innings at Triple-A.