Contreras activated; Savery optioned

Phillies pitcher Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning Monday for single-A Clearwater. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: The Phillies activated reliever Jose Contreras from the disabled list. Joe Savery was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


All signs Sunday morning pointed toward veteran reliever Jose Contreras being activated after the series finale between the Phillies and New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

That means Contreras will likely be available in the bullpen when the Phillies begin a 10-game road trip Monday night in San Francisco. Contreras, 40, has not pitched in a big-league game since June 19 of last year. He underwent elbow surgery last September.

"Personally, I'm very happy because my health is good, my arm is good and I can help the team," Contreras said through an interpreter.

Contreras said he had not yet spoken to manager Charlie Manuel or general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., but he anticipated going on the team's road trip.

"Yeah, sure," he said. "If not, I wouldn't be here. I can tell you more after I talk to the manager."

Contreras, after opening last season as the Phillies' closer, appeared in only 17 games because of his elbow issues and he opened this season on the disabled list. He made five rehab appearances with single-A Clearwater and was 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA. Most of the damage came in his first appearance for the Threshers when he allowed three runs in one-third of an inning. 

"The first outing, the pitches were flat and high," he said. "At any level, if you throw like that, they are going to hit you and they did."

Contreras only allowed one run on three hits and struck out nine batters in four innings over his final four rehab appearances, including consecutive scoreless outings Thursday and Friday.

"My last five outings have been good," he said. "My speed was better, my location was better. The flight on my fastball was working much better."