Preliminary prognosis for Contreras: 4-6 weeks

Jose Contreras was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Jose Contreras has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his flexor tendon, sidelining him for at least 4-to-6 weeks.

Contreras saw team doctor Michael Ciccotti today in Philadelphia, where the diagnosis was handed down. The injury is in the same area as the flexor pronator strain he suffered in late-April, sidelining him for about a month. But the flexor tendon is a different muscle than the flexor pronator. Both are attached to the elbow.

Contreras will not throw for two weeks, then will hopefully begin a throwing program that sees him return at some point in late July or early-to-mid August.

Lefthander Juan Perez was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Perez has a good arm with velocity that sits between 94 and 96. He also has a very good slider. The question is whether he can command both pitches.


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