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.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.