This hasn't been a good week for aging Phillies.
The latest: Jose Contreras will reportedly undergo season-ending exploratory surgery, according to CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury. All the reports I've see say there's no reason to think he can't be back by the start of 2012, but let's be real here, folks. He's 39 going on 43. In addition, Ryan Howard is out of tonight's line-up with heel bursitis and is likely to miss a few days, joining Raul Ibanez (groin) on the list of day-to-day Phillies. Earlier, Cole Hamels was placed on the DL with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, but the move has been made retroactive and he's likely to return early next week. Yesterday, the Phils placed Jimmy Rollins on the DL with a Grade 2 groin pull, but it is considered mild.
Beerleaguer: The two-year deal to Contreras has to be considered a pretty big mistake at this point. Veteran relief (Baez, Romero, Contreras) hasn't been the hallmark of the Amaro era, He should have taken 2010 and run regarding Contreras, or offered just the one guaranteed year. In Marti Wolever we trust for our future bullpen needs. It's not necessarily all Amaro's fault. You roll the dice with veteran relievers always.
Meanwhile, the Phils just need to keep beating up the patsies of the National League while everyone gets healthy. They don't have a tough series until Labor Day (Braves). Tonight, they move John Mayberry Jr. to first and start Ben Francisco in left, his first start since forever ago.