Jose Contreras continues to work his way back to the Phillies after straining his right elbow in late April and will make a stop in the Lehigh Valley as he rehabs. Contreras has thrown a game for both Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading and is scheduled for a rehab start Monday evening with the IronPigs.
Contreras’ start with Clearwater did not go very smoothly as he gave up three runs, all earned, on four hits through two-thirds of an inning. His Reading start went much better, throwing a scoreless inning and allowing just two hits.
Before going on the disabled list, the 39-year-old had five saves for Philadelphia over eight innings of work.
While Contreras is not back with the Phillies yet, Chase Utley is. With Utley back in the lineup, Pete Orr, who has filled in at second since the beginning of the season was sent down to Lehigh Valley.
Despite Contreras and Utley improving, not everyone is getting healthier for the Phillies. Joe Blanton was placed back on the disabled list Monday after being pulled from his scheduled start last Thursday against the Colorado Rockies. To fill Blanton’s spot, the Phillies recalled Vance Worley from the ‘Pigs.
The right-handed Worley has thrown well for the Phillies this year going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 15 strikeouts through 16 innings pitched. Out of all Phillies pitchers with at least one start, Worley has the team's lowest ERA.
Worley was slated to start this evening for Lehigh Valley, but now Nate Bump will take the mound after a short outing by Contreras. Julio Teheran, the number one prospect in the Atlanta organization will get the nod for Gwinnett, at 7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park.