Philadelphia Phillies Place Michael Stutes on DL; Recall Michael Schwimer From Triple-A

By Cody Swartz

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed relief pitcher Michael Stutes on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury and recalled right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Stutes officially has right shoulder inflammation. He has struggled this season, posting a 6.35 ERA in 5.2 innings. Stutes has given up seven hits, walked four, and struck out five. He last pitched on Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

Stutes was 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 62 innings in 2011, his first season in the major leagues. Stutes appeared in 57 games out of the bullpen, working his way into a role as one of the team’s primary seventh inning pitchers. Stutes walked too many batters (4.1 BB/9) but struck out nearly a batter per inning. He allowed just 7.1 hits per nine innings and had a 2.08 ERA as late as the middle of June.

Schwimer saw his first big league action as well last season after excelling in Triple-A. Schwimer was 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 86 strikeouts in just 68 innings last year for the IronPigs. He excelled as the closer, saving 10 games and he has saved 51 in his minor league career.

Schwimer is 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in 14.1 innings in his major league career. He has struggled with his control, walking seven batters, but he has also struck out 16, an impressive strikeout rate of 10.0 batters per nine innings. He will likely see extended time this season in the major leagues as other relievers deal with injuries.

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