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) were part of a group of impressive youngsters that played an important role in the Phillies season in 2011. Stutes was particularly effective against right-handed pitchers, holding them to a .222/.295/.349 line with a .644 OPS, although he was also strong against lefties, holding them to a .212/.322/.384 line with .706 OPS.
Stutes was initially drafted out of Oregon State University in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft. He spent four seasons in the minor leagues before debuting with the Phillies in the major leagues last season.