PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Contreras assured a couple of reporters Tuesday that he is fine.
The Phillies reliever has allowed six hits, six runs and two walks in just 1 1/3 innings in his last three appearances. He had a 0.00 ERA and five saves in five opportunities in his first 11 appearances this season, including his first four appearances following a stint on the disabled list because of an injured right elbow.
"I feel good," Contreras said.
But something has been amiss. In his last appearance Friday, his fastball hit 94 mph, but he lacked command of his splitter.
"I think I need a couple more games," he said. "The last game I felt good. It's been my command."
Contreras said his mechanics have been out of whack, but he said he has figured out his problem and hopes he finds more success the next time he pitches.
Manuel earns humanitarian award
PHILADELPHIA -- Magee Rehabilitation Hospital named Phillies manager Charlie Manuel its 2011 Humanitarian of the Year.
The award recognizes "those who contribute positively to the role of healthcare and the lives of individuals with disabilities in the Philadelphia region." Manuel received the award for supporting the Bethesda Project, Covenant House and various Phillies projects regarding ALS and visiting wounded veterans at the Coatesville Veterans' Hospital and patients at Magee.
For more information on Magee's 24th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner on Nov. 15, including tickets and sponsorships, visit MageeRehab.org.
The Phillies have not made an announcement, but it seems likely right-hander Vance Worley will start Saturday against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his previous three starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has allowed 12 hits and five walks and has struck out 21 in 19 innings.
Right-hander Brad Lidge is scheduled to play catch Wednesday. He received a cortisone injection in his right elbow last week.
Right-hander Joe Blanton played catch Tuesday. He is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said he thinks Blanton could rejoin the rotation before August.
The Yankees signed Triple-A Lehigh Valley right-hander Brian Gordon to a contract. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday. Gordon (5-0, 1.14 ERA) had an out-clause in his contract that awarded him his release Wednesday if he could get a spot on a big league roster. The Phillies released him a day early to allow him to sign with New York.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.