Phillies relief pitcher Mike Stutes has been nursing more shoulder issues lately and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Phillies have called up Righthander Michael Schwimer to replace him.
Schwimer surrendered five hits and two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League and was pitching at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Last season, he sported a 1.88 ERA and an 86/22 K/BB ratio over 67 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, so he is deserving of the opportunity.
Last year Schwimer, 26, spent 43 days with the Phillies and appeared in 12 games. His ERA was 5.02 and he struck out 16 in 14 1/3 innings. He's been decent at triple-A Lehigh Valley in the early part of 2012. He's allowed one earned run in 8 2/3 innings (a 1.04 ERA) with nine strikeouts and three walks.
Stutes had shoulder problems during spring training, as well, and it's possible that they've contributed to his 6.35 in his first six outings. He said the current soreness he's dealing with isn't as bad as it was in spring training.
"At the end of spring, I was like, I couldn’t throw," Stutes said. "It was sore and I couldn’t throw. Now, I go out there and do everything just like normal and I’m up for the game."
Stutes is the sixth Phillie this season to land on the DL.