Contreras optimistic heading into 2012 season

PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Jose Contreras, who hasn't pitched since last May because of elbow issues that led to September surgery, was activated after Sunday's 8-2 win over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Joe Savery was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, leaving Antonio Bastardo as the only lefty in the bullpen.

Contreras is viewed as a back-of-the-bullpen reliever, but he hasn't pitched in the big leagues in almost a year, so the plan is to bring him back slowly.

"Right now I'll stick with [Chad] Qualls a little while if that's possible. We'll give Contreras a couple of outings where he can get in some work at the big league level," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Contreras completed a rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater by pitching back to back on Thursday and Friday, as he pronounced himself ready to go.

"I feel good," Contreras said. "I'm very happy to be back, because my health is good and my arm is good and I can help the team."

Manuel's lineup shakeup pays off

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies had scored a total of six runs over their previous six games, so manager Charlie Manuel shook up his lineup on Sunday.

Ty Wigginton started at third base, giving Placido Polanco a rest, Laynce Nix started at first and Pete Orr started at second in his first appearance of the year.

Wigginton recorded four RBIs for the 10th time in his career in the 8-2 win and was also involved in an unusual play in the eighth inning. He was on second with two outs when John Mayberry Jr. tapped a slow roller up the first-base line. Mets first baseman Ike Davis waited to see if the ball would roll foul. It didn't, and Wigginton never stopped running.

"As soon as I saw nobody covering the plate, it was pretty much a no-brainer," Wigginton said.

Nix contributed the game-winning RBI with a double in the seventh. Orr doubled in the eighth.

Said Manuel: "You've got to remember that some of those guys on our team, Wigginton and Nix, have been around quite a while, and Freddy Galvis is a rookie. At the same time, they're new on our team. It definitely takes them a while to get to feeling that they belong. And I know how very much they want to impress you. It takes a while to get used to our team and feel good about themselves."

Worth noting

• In four starts this season, Juan Pierre is 6-for-17 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

• Shane Victorino has hit in eight straight games and reached base with a hit or a walk in all nine games this season.

• Closer Jonathan Papelbon, who plans to use different entrance music for each appearance, on Sunday used "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica.