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Stutes to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Phillies RHP Michael Stutes (Kim Yong/Philly Inquirer)

The season never got off the ground for Michael Stutes.

The right-hander will undergo arthroscopic surgery by Dr. Yocum on June 26, ending his season.

Stutes had shoulder inflamation after suffering discomfort during Spring Training and trying to pitch at the start of the season. He landed on the DL and never pitched since.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said that Stutes’ surgery is exploratory more than anything and that the Phillies will know more about the injury and recovery time after he has the surgery next Tuesday.

Stutes hasn’t thrown since April, and it’s hard to believe he will pitch again this season. Stutes had a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings (six games) this year.

Update on Nix, Stutes, & Herndon

UPDATE — Herndon underwent Tommy John surgery today.

ORGINAL — Keeping with the trend of bad news, the Phillies received more of it today in addition to the Galvis news.

Laynce Nix, who is suffering from a strained left calf, said he felt a pull in his calf when he was running the bases on Tuesday. The outfielder had been playing in simulated games in an attempt to return to the team. Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that Nix would undergo an MRI if see if there is any damage.

Reliever Michael Stutes visited with orothopedist Lewis Yocum on Monday. Yocum and Phillies trainer Michael Ciccoti will meet to discuss the next step for Stutes. He is currently recovering from right shoulder inflammation

Reliever David Herndon visited with renowned orothopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. It is likely that Herndon will be shut down and will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. The Phillies haven’t received final word from Herndon if he went ahead with the surgery.

Stutes to DL; Schwimer Up

The Phillies have placed right-hander Michael Stutes on the DL with right shoulder inflammation after their 8-5 win over the D’Backs.

Replacing Stutes will be Michael Schwimer, who was 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA and two saves in seven games with the IronPigs.

Stutes started the season with some right shoulder problems. The problems didn’t really go away as Stutes posted a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings in six appearances.

Luebke dominates Phils as offense struggles

Padres starter Cory Luebke went a career-high eight innings, allowing only two hits, two walks and five strike outs while shutting out the Phillies. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

It’s been that type of week for the Phillies.

Just days after Cliff Lee pitches 10 shutout innings and gets zero run support, Roy Halladay suffered the very same fate on Saturday night. Padres starter Cory Luebke stifled the Phillies lineup, only allowing two hits in eight innings in a 5-1 Padres win.

The loss snapped a 13-game win streak at PETCO Park.

Orlando Hudson had an RBI groundout in the second inning. Yonder Alonso doubled home Chase Headley in the third inning to make it 2-0. That was all the offense that the Padres would need.

Roy Halladay pitched a solid game as he only surrendered two runs on five hits. He did walk three batters in one inning for the first time since July 16, 2004. Halladay also struck out five batters.

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Phils Offense Sputters Again

Phillies 3B Placido Polanco argues with 3B umpire Marty Foster after he failed to tag out Buster Posey on a stolen base in the 5th inning. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Phillies offense fell back to earth, sputtering in their struggle to get above .500.

It was Madison Bumgarner who kept the Phillies hitting at bay this time as the Giants went on to win, 4-2, in San Francisco.

Madison Bumgarner out-dueled Blanton in his first start since signing a contract extension with the Giants. He went six-plus innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two.

Joe Blanton wasn’t good by any means but he pitched well enough for a number-five starter. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits while striking out two.

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Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies

Phillies CF Shane Victorino nearly collides with RF Hunter Pence while making a catch. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic for the Phillies so far, allowing only two runs in 20 innings through the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. David Herndon was the goat on Easter Sunday, as opposed to the more favorable lamb, and the Phillies dropped the series finally – as well as the first series of the season – to the Pirates, 5-4.

Casey McGehee had himself a tremendous game, doubling twice in two huge innings for the Pirates that set up their come back against the Phillies. His double in the bottom of the 9th set up Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off single off the center field wall.

McCutchen went 3-for-4 on the day, including the game-winning RBI.

Hunter Pence had himself a tremendous day at the plate for the Phillies, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the 1st and a solo home run in the 4th.

The Phillies scored only four runs in the first 25 innings of the season.

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Contreras to start season on DL

Jose Contreras is just flat out not ready for the regular season.

The 40-year-old right-hander had only been pitching in games the last two weeks and he’s shown signs of not being close to being ready, which is no shock. That is why Contreras will likely start the season on the disabled list.

It isn’t a health issue, general manager Ruben Amaro said. Contreras could be back in the line up by April 11.

Contreras is going to continue doing what he’s doing, which is to build up arm strength through constant repetitions.

In Matt Gelb’s tweet, he hinted that the same path could be taken for Michael Stutes, who has been experiencing shoulder stiffness.

Spring Training: Yankees 13, Phillies 9

It was a bullpen outing for the Phillies today against the Yankees.

With several spots up in the air with an injury to Michael Stutes and the unreadiness of Jose Contreras from last year’s injury, a couple of surprises could make the Opening Day roster.

Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Papelbon, two locks for the bullpen, struggled the most in the Phillies 13-9 loss to the Yankees. Papelbon was hit around for four runs on three hits and a walk with two strike outs in only 2/3 innings of work. Kendrick put two on the board, allowing five hits and two walks.

On the other hand, Chad Qualls needed to impress and he looked less than impressive, allowing a run on one hit and two walks.

Lastly, Juan Pierre had himself a fine spring game. A day after making the roster, he went 4-for-5 with four singles. He was caught stealing once in the game as well.

Stutes has shoulder stiffness

RP Michael Stutes. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Michael Stutes is experiencing some shoulder stiffness and will not start in a bullpen game against the Yankees on Friday.

Stutes, who is a lock to make the bullpen this season, said he had been feeling stiff most of spring, thinking it was just typical stiffness experienced in the spring training. “I finally had to say something,” Stutes said when the stiffness persisted.

The good news is this isn’t serious and Stutes expectes to pitch before the Phillies leave Florida on Sunday. “I’d be surprised if I didn’t throw in a game before we left here,” he said.

Antonio Bastardo will be making the start on Friday in the bullpen-only game.

2011 Moments: #2 A record-breaking season

102 wins.

Just reading it summarizes the dominance of the Phillies 2011 regular season. But despite breaking a franchise record that stood for over four years, the season ended in disappointment.

Many questions were raised towards the end of the season and soon following the Phillies elimination in the Game 5 of the NLDS to the eventual champion Cardinals. Is this the greatest Phillies team of all time, even without a championship? Is this the most disappointing Phillies season to date?

It’s the second straight season the Phillies boasted the best record in all of baseball (won 97 games in 2010). It was also the second straight season the Phillies failed to win the National League pennant after back-to-back trips in 2008 and 2009 that ended in one World Series title.

In fact, since winning in 2008, the Phillies have failed to match or exceed the previous season’s feats, leading to those wondering if next season – a season that could be without Ryan Howard for much of the season as well potentially losing some key players – would continue the trend and see the Phils miss the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

But what does this all have to do with winning 102 games?

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