Contreras, Stutes Could Open on DL
In reality they do. They simply are not ready to make an announcement.
They have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to make everything official, and things are still changing. It looks more and more like right-handers Jose Contreras and Mike Stutes could open the season on the disabled list, which would seem to solidify one spot in the bullpen for right-hander David Herndon and another spot in the bullpen for either left-hander Raul Valdes or left-hander Joe Savery.
“He’ll probably start on the DL,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Contreras this morning.
Contreras is coming back from right elbow surgery, but the Phillies said he needs more time to get ready. Because he has not pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 25, he can be activated April 10. But the Phillies do not have a game scheduled that day, so he could be back as early as April 11, when they play the second game in a three-game series against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
Contreras will remain in Clearwater and continue pitching in Minor League Spring Training games until he is ready.
“It’s close,” Amaro said.
Stutes has not pitched since March 27 because of stiffness in his right shoulder. He is scheduled to long toss Sunday. Amaro said Stutes could pitch in a Minor League Spring Training game “in the next few days.”
He said Stutes is still a possibility for Opening Day.
“We’ll see,” he said.
The Phillies could give Stutes a little more time to recover, put him on the DL to start the season and bring him back on the 11th, forcing him to miss only the first four games of the season.
So for the moment there appear to be only four locks for the bullpen: closer Jonathan Papelbon, right-handers Chad Qualls and Kyle Kendrick, and left-hander Antonio Bastardo. If the Phillies open the season with just 11 pitchers they would have two spots available in the bullpen. If they carry 12, they would have three spots.
Contreras, Herndon, Savery, Stutes and Valdes are the only remaining relievers in camp.
“When we have a decision on our 25-man roster, you will all know,” Amaro said. “You will not know before that, until we tell you.”
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