Contreras, Blanton working their way back

Contreras, Blanton working their way back

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies hope to have Jose Contreras and Joe Blanton pitching in the bullpen next month.

Contreras has been on the disabled list since June 20 with a strained right forearm, and Blanton has been on the DL since May 16 with right elbow inflammation. They have been playing catch recently. The Phillies said their next step is building up enough arm strength to begin throwing off the mound.

"I'm just hoping to get them back in September," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.