The Phillies have announced they released relief pitcher Michael Stutes on Wednesday. This comes just two weeks after he was outrighted off the 40-man roster, cleared waivers and reported to minor league camp. The Phillies re-assigned him, and six others, to minor league camp two days prior to his outright.
Stutes, 27, was not sharp in Clearwater allowing seven earned runs on five hits and three walks in three innings this spring as his fastball topped out at 88 mph. Stutes broke out as a rookie with the Phillies in 2011 going 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 57 games. He has struggled with shoulder issues over the last two seasons posting a 3-1 record with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 23.1 innings in 2012-13 combined.
He looks like a totally different pitcher from when he first came up and that's not a good thing. Stutes went from a promising young reliever in 2011 to looking for work in baseball by spring training 2014 - a mighty quick fall.
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