Veteran right-hander Jose Contreras, on the comeback trail from another serious elbow injury, signed a Minor League contract with the Pirates on Saturday.
The 41-year-old received an invitation to Major League Spring Training, where he will continue his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn UCL and flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow. Contreras suffered the injury last June with the Phillies, ending his season. He also had flexor pronator surgery the previous September.
Contreras went 1-0 with a 5.17 ERA, 15 strikeouts and three walks in 13 2/3 relief innings for Philadelphia last season. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in three years with the Phillies, posting a 3.74 ERA and averages of 9.1 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings.
The Cuba native also has pitched for the Yankees, White Sox and Rockies in 10 big league seasons, mostly as a starter. He owns a 78-67 career record, with a 4.55 ERA.
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