Jose Contreras undergoes season-ending elbow surgery

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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.