Amaro: Contreras has mild strain, out 3-4 weeks

An MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain in Jose Contreras' right elbow. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

PHOENIX -- An MRI on Jose Conteras' injured right elbow revealed a mild, Grade 1 strain, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Contreras will be out for three to four weeks, Amaro said.

The 39-year-old righthander will be shut down completely for seven to 10 days and could resume throwing after that. Amaro believes the three- to four-week timetable is when Contreras could be back actually pitching for the Phillies.

In other injury news...

Ertswhile closer Brad Lidge will meet with doctors when the team arrives home from the West Coast trip. The expectation is he will be cleared to begin playing catch.

Meanwhile, outfielder Domonic Brown will begin his official rehab assignment with single-A Clearwater on Wednesday. Brown hit two home runs in an extended spring training game Tuesday.

Also, infield prospect Harold Garcia tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Garcia, 24, was added to the 40-man roster this winter.

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