CLEARWATER, Fla. — For the first time since September elbow surgery, Jose Contreras threw off a mound Tuesday. A large Phillies front office contingent watched the session. When Contreras finished throwing, Antonio Bastardo clapped.
"He threw very, very well," Dubee said.
That leaves the 40-year-old Contreras not far behind the rest of the pitchers in camp. But Dubee cautioned the team will be conservative with Contreras this spring to keep him fresh for the season.
Dubee said he was not surprised by the progress.
"Our reports have been good in the offseason and how he progressed through his long-toss program," Dubee said. "He was up here during our mini-camp throwing pain-free."
EXTRA BASES: Shane Victorino arrived in camp, but not without Jimmy Rollins poking fun at his Monday appearance on CBS' drama "Hawaii 5-0." Rollins had a red carpet leading to Victorino's locker with a director's chair and lights waiting for the outfielder. Victorino is a free agent at season's end. … Chad Qualls reported to camp after being excused for personal reasons.
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