Contreras has setback

Jose Contreras suffered a setback in his recovery from an elbow strain. (Michael Bryant/Staff File Photo)


While closer Ryan Madson is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday in Clearwater and could be activated when the season resumes on Friday in New York, the Phillies could be without RHP Jose Contreras for a significant amount of time after a setback in his recovery from an elbow strain.

The veteran righthander, who has appeared in just 17 games thanks to two stints on the disabled list, is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles to visit specialist Lewis Yocum.

Contreras, who opened the season as the team’s closer and was expected to play a key role in the bullpen this year and next, has not pitched since June 19. 

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