By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Michael Stutes was a revelation for the Phillies back in 2011. As a rookie, the right-hander quickly became a key piece in Charlie Manuel’s bullpen, appearing in 57 games and compiling a 3.63 ERA.
The hope was that the Phillies would be able to lean on him again in 2012. But the Oregon State product never really got started last season. He says he started to feel odd sensations in his shoulder and arm during spring training, and after throwing just 6 2/3 innings during the regular season, he had to undergo surgery.
“They went in and just cleaned up, I had a little bit of fraying, which is completely normal for anyone that’s been pitching this long,” Stutes tells KYW Newsradio. “Had a small little bone chip of, I guess it was like a little cartilage that covers your arm bone, and a little piece of that had chipped off and was hitting against different nerves and stuff. So it was sending different sensations, whether it was an electric-feel through my arm, or a dead-arm feel. It was kind of a different feeling every pitch, so it was tough to explain, it was tough to diagnose. I’m just glad I got it figured out and it’s behind me.”