May 262011

As expected, the Phillies activated reliever Jose Contreras from the disabled list, per  He will be able to pitch tonight if needed and could possibly close, depending on Ryan Madson’s availability.  Going forward though Madson should retain the closer’s role while the Big Truck sets up.

Contreras has been out about a month while battling an elbow strain.

To make room on the roster, the Phillies optioned reliever David Herndon back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  No big loss there as Herndon is more often than not an unreliable gas can.

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