June 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Michael Stutes (40) watches as Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) rounds the badges after hitting a grand slam home run during the eleventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals defeated the Phillies 6-2 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Stutes Joins Majority of Teammates on Disabled List

Michael Stutes briefly hopped off the Phillies’ minor league reliever merry-go-round of horrors to make several Major League starts.

The dream of stabilizing the bullpen with healthy arms who wouldn’t fall apart a few hours later and be replaced by other arms that would do the same before being replaced by the first ones was over.  The neverending cycle continues, as Stutes hits the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his right bicep.

Since joining the team on May 24, Stutes has appeared in 14 games, with the Phillies winning only five of them. His 5.17 ERA is probably pretty good in the context of this relief corps.

In his last appearance, that 8-7 almost-loss that really just looked like a bullpen massacre, Stutes threw 25 pitches, recorded no outs, and allowed three earned runs on one hit and two walks.  Prior to that, he’d allowed six runs, 13 hits, and five walks in 15.2 innings.

The bewildered Phillippe Aumont, who had reached a point recently in which his wild pitches were so frequent they started classifying only when he threw normal ones, will be Stutes’ replacement. Aumont’s heater hit 95 Friday upon entering a 4-2 win over the Columbus Clippers.

 

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