Surgery Shelves Contreras for Rest of Season

Jose Contreras will undergo exploratory surgery in his throwing elbow

Jose Contreras—who has been on the disabled list since June—felt a familiar pain when throwing a bullpen session on Monday. The Phillies closer to start the year will miss the rest of the season after he undergoes exploratory elbow surgery in an attempt to determine what is causing his forearm pain. Good thing the club has newbie Michael Schwimer and his Hello Kitty backpack out in the pen to shoulder some of the weight. [Phillies]