Stutes Outrighted from 40-Man

Michael StutesThe Phillies have a host of non-roster invitees that have a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

The list includes outfielder Bobby Abreu and right-handers Shawn Camp, Jeff Manship and David Buchanan.

Those possibilities and others are why the Phillies announced today they have outrighted right-hander Michael Stutes from the 40-man roster. More moves like this could be coming before Opening Day on March 31 in Texas.

The move gives the Phillies 39 players on the 40-man.

Stutes, who cleared waivers, is in Minor League camp. He has battled shoulder injuries the past two seasons. His fastball averaged 93 mph in 2011, but hit just 88-89 mph this spring.

“It was based on what we’ve seen this spring and the last couple of months last season,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “And we have guys in camp that we’re looking at for the rotation, the bullpen and the bench. This just opens up a spot for us.”

Of course, the Phillies also could add from outside the organization, but at this time a player already in camp being moved onto the 40-man roster is more likely.

6 Comments

Wow! It seems like just yesterday he looked like a promising part of the bullpen.

What a shame about Stutes. His stuff was electric when he was healthy. Such a shame to see injuries ruin his prime age years. Hope he recovers.

Seems like the Phils are becoming shoulder problem central.

If bloated, has-been Bobby Abreu makes the team, it’s a glaring indictment of their woeful farm system.

Now there’s a remarkable grasp of the obvious!

Muleman is bang on! I mean c’mon, Abreu!! Does Amaro not remember the days of him jogging lightly after fly balls at the Vet?

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