{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Contreras takes home AL weekly award

Contreras named AL Player of Week

|
White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras punctuated his comeback from a severe Achilles injury by earning American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America honors for the period ending Sunday.

Contreras posted a spotless ERA of 0.00 in 16 innings in winning both of his decisions -- his first wins of the season -- to claim the weekly award for the first time in his career.

He allowed a total of only three hits in the victories over Detroit on June 8 and Milwaukee on Saturday, while striking out 11. The 16 straight scoreless innings marked a career-high for Contreras, who in the process accounted for a unique distinction.

Having returned to the Minors -- at his own request -- to regain his touch after completing his rehab from the tendon injury that had shelved him for the final two months of last season, last Monday's start against the Tigers had been Contreras' first Major League appearance since May 8.

He thus became only the second pitcher since 1900 to go eight-plus innings and allow one hit with at least 30 days between appearances. Montreal's Kirk Reuter had been the first, firing a one-hit shutout over the Giants on Aug, 27, 1995, off a three-month Minor League stint.

Other contenders for the weekly award included catcher Miguel Olivo (league-leading 21 total bases) and infielder Alberto Callaspo (eight RBIs) of the Royals; Angels outfielder Torii Hunter (league-best 1.053 slugging percentage on four home runs, three of them in Saturday's game); and Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen (.500 batting average and .571 on-base percentage).

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español