According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Jose Contreras is likely to start the season on the disabled list. Contreras is still recovering from elbow surgery he had in September, but he might not be on the DL that long.
Contreras will stay in Florida when the team heads north on Sunday and he will pitch in minor-league games. He could come off the disabled list on April 10, when the season will be just four games old.
The 40 year old pitched 14 innings for the Phillies last season, notching five saves while sporting a 3.86 ERA. Despite his age, Contreras still has plenty of velocity on his fastball. He averaged 92.5 MPH last season, which is a tick higher than his career average of 91.8.