Saturday, July 4, 2015

Questions about Stutes' health

PHOENIX — The immediate effect of Kyle Kendrick's three-inning clunker Monday was a Phillies loss. But its aftermath extended into Tuesday, when Charlie Manuel was left with a short bullpen.

Questions about Stutes' health

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Mike Stutes said his right shoulder has been bothersome, but downplayed any potential injury. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Mike Stutes said his right shoulder has been bothersome, but downplayed any potential injury. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

PHOENIX — The immediate effect of Kyle Kendrick's three-inning clunker Monday was a Phillies loss. But its aftermath extended into Tuesday, when Charlie Manuel was left with a short bullpen.

Kendrick threw 63 pitches and allowed seven runs.

"Sometimes you see guys settle in and they could give you three or four innings," Manuel said. "But they just kept hitting the ball on him. Even in the inning where he was clean, they hit some balls hard. He just had a tough night."

That forced Manuel to use Joe Savery for the second straight night and David Herndon for 51 pitches. Complicating things were questions about Mike Stutes' health.

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Manuel said Tuesday he "definitely had to stay away from him" Monday. Stutes said his right shoulder has been bothersome but downplayed it.

"We're trying to figure out what's going on," Stutes said. "I don't think it's anything big."

There are red flags, simply because Stutes was troubled with shoulder soreness at the end of spring training. He claimed he was available for Monday's game.

"That's as far as I know," Stutes said. "I was out there with cleats on and a glove. Every time the phone would ring, I was like, 'Is it me?'"

Stutes last pitched Saturday in San Diego. He allowed three runs in an inning.


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