SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have placed closer Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.

The move is retroactive to Friday.

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Contreras has five saves.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says the 39-year-old Contreras will return to Philadelphia on Monday to be seen by a team doctor. Amaro says Contreras has a strained flexor pronator in his right elbow.

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Ryan Madson will move into the closer’s role.

To take Contreras’ spot on the roster, the Phillies will purchase the contract of Michael Stutes from Lehigh Valley.

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