Tag:Jose Contreras
Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Closer watch: Franklin, Nathan, Thornton out

By C. Trent Rosecrans

John AxfordAs we're getting deeper into the first month of the season, some of the "small sample size" arguments are losing their luster and managers are getting itchy. There's no position in baseball that causes more consternation than the closer's spot -- and few are easier to change. 

On Tuesday, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Ryan Franklin was out as his closer, joining Ozzie Guillen and Ron Gardenhire in making changes in closers already this season, a common April occurance.

Here's a look at where all the closers in baseball stand at this moment:

Out -- Ryan Franklin (Cardinals), Joe Nathan (Twins), Matt Thornton (White Sox).

We won't know who the replacement for Franklin is until it comes to a save situation (Matt Snyder took a look at who may get the call -- and I'll agree that Mitchell Boggs gets the first shot) and even then, we'll have to have a few save situations until we get there.

Matt Capps has taken over for Nathan, who is not back 100 percent from Tommy John surgery, in Minnesota.

Thornton may get the call if the White Sox get in a save situation, but Ozzie Guillen has no confidence in anybody in his bullpen and has said he just doesn't have a closer.

Hanging by a thread -- John Axford (Brewers), Sean Burnett (Nationals), Kevin Gregg (Orioles).

Axford (pictured) started his season off by blowing a save in Cincinnati and added another Monday night. He's struggled with his command this season, but the Brewers don't have too many better options.

The Nationals have gone from no closer, to Burnett back to no set closer. After Burnett blew a save on Friday, Drew Storen closed with two innings on Sunday against the Brewers. The two are expected to share the job, but Burnett's not "out" because he's still half in.

Hand wringing -- Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers), Joakim Soria (Royals), Francisco Rodriguez (Mets).

These are three marquee names, but there's plenty of worry surrounding the trio.

Soria has struggled and has a 5.59 ERA, blowing one save, while Broxton hasn't blown a save, but has given up plenty of runs. He has an ERA of 6.14 and his manager's vote of confidence.

K-Rod, well, he's got plenty of issues, including a contract with a vesting option that the Mets aren't really interested in seeing him meet. That said, it's not like he's getting a lot of chances to close out Met victories for the team with the National League's worst record.

Nobody's perfect --  Brian Fuentes (Athletics), Carlos Marmol (Cubs), Jon Rauch (Blue Jays).

Rauch has been good, converting all three of his saves this season, but the return of Frank Francisco complicates things for him in Toronto.

Solid -- Mariano Rivera (Yankees), Heath Bell (Padres), Neftali Feliz (Rangers), Huston Street (Rockies), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates), Leo Nunez (Marlins), Chris Perez (Indians), Brian Wilson (Giants), Craig Kimbrel (Braves), J.J. Putz (Diamondbacks), Jose Contreras (Phillies), Jose Valverde (Tigers).

Sure, Rivera blew a save last night. I think Joe Girardi may give him another shot.

If a save falls in a forrest -- Francisco Cordero (Reds), Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox), Brandon Lyon (Astros), Brandon League (Marienrs), Kyle Farnsworth (Rays), Jordan Walden (Angels).

If the rest of the closers are in a "small sample size" argument right now, these guys have a "tiny sample size."

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:50 am
 

Phillies not expecting Lidge anytime soon

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brad LidgePhillies closer Brad Lidge will be out until around the All-Star break, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday on MLB Network Radio.

"I'm probably looking at maybe All-Star break, or … just before that," Manuel said (via MLB.com).

Lidge is suffering from a right posterior rotator cuff strain and started the season on the disabled list.

Jose Contreras is serving as the team's closer in Lidge's absence. Contreras picked up the save in Wednesday night's victory over the Mets, walking one and striking out one in an inning of work. He's appeared in two game so far this season.

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Phillies' Lidge shut down for 3-6 weeks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ContrerasWith news that closer Brad Lidge won't be able to throw for another three to six weeks, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he will likely turn to Jose Contreras to close.

Lidge had an MRI on Tuesday and it showed a posterior rotator cuff sprain, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters, including the Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Hagen. Lidge won't need surgery, Amaro said.

"Hopefully after another three weeks, if he's feeling OK, he'll start throwing and then we'll progress him from there," Amaro said. "We're glad it's not a labrum. That' son the bright side of things. But it's still significant."

In Lidge's absence, the team will turn to the 39-year-old Contreras over Ryan Madson, who has been groomed to take over for Lidge.

"Right now, with the way it looks, here lately we've been using Contreras," Manuel said. "Of course, Madson is still there. At the same time, to start the season, it looks like it might be Contreras. I don't know yet. But I'd say right now, if I had to pick somebody tonight, it would probably be Contreras."

Madson will likely stay in his set-up roll. In the past, he's struggled when asked to close.

Manuel also said Ben Francisco will be starting in the place of rookie Domonic Brown, who is out with a fracture of the hook in his hamate bone in his right hand. John Mayberry Jr. had a good spring, tying with Ryan Howard for the team lead with five home runs, but Francisco wasn't too bad either, hitting .385 with four home runs this spring.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:21 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 10:23 am
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Posted on: November 14, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Phillies close to inking Contreras

Jose Contreras The Phillies are close to a two-year deal with reliever Jose Contreras worth $5 million, ESPNdeportes.com reports .

Contreras, 39 next month, appeared in 67 games for the Phillies in 2010, going 6-4 with a  3.34 ERA and four saves. He struck out 57 and walked 16 in 56 2/3 innings.

Contreras has pitched for the Yankees, White Sox, Rockies and Phillies since coming to the United State from Cuba in October of 2002, when he was immediately signed by the Yankees.

Contreras signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with the Phillies before the 2010 season and pitched out of the bullpen for the first time.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 9:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Stanton's OK, too

Stephen Strasburg showed why his debut was a big deal and the other rookie making his debut Tuesday night hasn't had too bad of a game, either.

Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton has two hits as the Marlins lead the Phillies 8-7 in the middle of the eighth. Stanton reached on an infield single in his first at-bat and then single again in his fourth. Stanton led off the eighth inning with a liner to right and then scored on Wes Helms' triple.

Stanton has a reputation for his amazing power, but went the other way off of Phillies reliever Jose Contreras for his second hit of the night. Stanton also struck out once. Along with his 21 minor league homers at Double-A Jacksonville, Stanton also struck out 53 times in 190 at-bats.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans
 


 
 
 
 
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