The Philadelphia Phillies have announced they will be shutting down Michael Stutes for the remainder of the spring. Stutes has been complaining about a sore shoulder and pitching coach Rich Dubee said it would simply be a good idea for the Phillies to take it easy with the 25-year old Stutes.
Stutes has probably pitched his final game of the spring, but he should be ready for the start of the regular season, next weekend in a series at Pittsburgh. Stutes was a key component of the 25-man big league roster last season, making the roster on April 25 when Jose Contreras was placed on the 15-day DL.
Stutes posted a 2.08 ERA and .162 opponents batting average in his first 23 appearances before allowing a 5.94 ERA over his final 16.2 innings pitched. Stutes ended the season 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He was hit hard for three earned runs in just one-third of an inning in his lone playoff appearance.
Stutes and Antonio Bastardo (along with starter Vance Worley…