Jose Contreras wanted to return in nine months from his ruptured left Achilles tendon suffered last August, according to comments Contreras made through bullpen coach Juan Nieves on Monday. Contreras added that he’s three months ahead of schedule, which if you do the math, means he could be back on the mound shortly.
“I still have some work to do,” said Contreras, who is being monitored during his current long-toss program. “I didn’t set a timetable. I’m under the tutelage of (White Sox athletic trainer) Herm (Schneider).”
Contreras lost 30 pounds during the offseason by switching to a different trainer and training program. He also “ate fish every day for two months” and ate a lot of vegetables.
The weight loss goal was designed to put less pressure on Contreras’ left leg as he recovered. The right arm has never been a problem for Contreras, and manager Ozzie Guillen said that there’s nothing holding him back when Contreras gets the go-ahead to throw off the mound.