Phillies cut Stutes among others from training camp
The first names have been crossed off the roster in Clearwater as Saturday morning, the Phillies announced that reliever Michael Stutes will be assigned to minor league camp. He will be joined by outfielders Aaron Altherr, Kelly Dugan, Leandro Castro, catcher Sebastian Valle, and pitcher Luis Garcia.
Most of those named are minor league prospects not expected to make the team out of camp, but Stutes was a previously established part of the Phillies bullpen. Through three innings this spring, Stutes allowed five hits, seven runs, three walks, and no strikeouts.
This was a departure from the Stutes who arrived in camp in 2011. That year, he became the dark horse candidate for a relief spot, made the team, and threw 62 innings out of the bullpen. His impressive year, especially in the first half, paired with Antonio Bastardo's dominant season, was one of the Phillies' pleasant surprises, as the 24-year-old right-hander notched a 3.63 ERA and 1.262 WHIP with 58 strikeouts and 28 walks.
In 2012, he failed to match his initial success, allowing four earned runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings prior to being shut down for the year after arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. When asked about his health this year, Stutes was a bit cryptic.
Now, at 27, he finds himself back in the minors, as the team continues to see its originally perceived depth at pitching disappear.