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.
Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has been called up by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Biggio, 24, was a fifth round selection in the 2016 draft. So far this year he has put up a .307/.445/.504 batting line with six home runs and five steals Triple-A Buffalo. He’s a utility guy of sorts, having spent time at first, second, third and all three outfield positions so far this year. He, perhaps ironically, has not caught yet in his pro career, nor does he play short. Still, that kind of flexibility in a young player can be pretty useful in this age of big bullpens. Especially if he continues to rake like he has. He’ll likely mostly play second base for the Jays starting out.
With Vlad Guerrero Jr. playing third base every day, Toronto now has two sons of Hall of Famers on their roster. That’s pretty neat.