BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates will bring right-hander Jose Contreras, a 41-year-old with 10 years in the majors, to camp on a minor league contract.
Contreras tore his ulnar collateral ligament and flexor pronator tendon in June 2012 and did not pitch again last season.
Prior to that, he made 17 appearances and pitched 132/3 innings for the Philadelphia Phillies. He also made 17 appearances in 2011 before having surgery to repair his flexor tendon.
In 2010, Contreras' first full season as a reliever, he appeared in 67 games and struck out 57 batters in 562/3 innings for the Phillies.
Contreras joined the Yankees in 2003 after defecting from Cuba. In 292 career games for the Yankees, White Sox, Rockies and Phillies, Contreras is 78-67. He won 13 games in 31 starts for the Yankees and White Sox in 2004, and at least 10 games a season from 2005-07 with the White Sox.
Contreras is expected to report to camp Sunday.
The implications for the Pirates are minimal for now. He will continue rehabilitation during spring training and likely would not be ready until June at the earliest.
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