CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies demoted six players to minor-league camp Saturday morning, and none owned a track record longer than Mike Stutes'. The 27-year-old righthander was among the team's first cuts after three disappointing Grapefruit League appearances.
"I didn't expect it to be first round," Stutes said. "My last couple outings weren't what I was expecting and weren't what they needed to be. I'm just kind of getting ready to get my body back to where I need it to be to get people out."
Stutes' fastball rarely topped 88 m.p.h. He permitted seven earned runs on five hits and three walks in three innings. Stutes missed significant time in each of the last two seasons with shoulder ailments.
He professed health last week, but when asked Saturday if his shoulder is totally healed, Stutes said, "I'll pass on that one."
The Phillies optioned righthander Luis Garcia, too. He pitched in 24 games for the Phillies in 2013, but looked erratic this spring. Outfielders Aaron Altherr, Leandro Castro and Kelly Dugan and catcher Sebastian Valle were reassigned to minor-league camp.
Fifty-two players remain in major-league camp.
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