According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source tells him reliever Mike Stutes could miss the rest of the season as he’s scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
The procedure will be done to clean up “fraying” from the shoulder, according to Gelb’s report. This comes just days after another reliever, David Herndon, was lost for the season after Tommy John surgery. Jose Contreras was lost to the same injury earlier in the season.
The 25-year old Stutes had trouble with the shoulder late in spring training but decided to give it a go for the season. The results were terrible as he put together a 6.35 ERA before being shut down. Stutes went to Clearwater to rest and rebuild strength in the shoulder, but that plan did not go well. And now, his season is in jeopardy.
Par for the course. This season has been a complete mess, with injuries wrecking the Phillies plans from the get-go. Unbelievably, there are four teams that have lost more players to the DL than the Phillies: Boston (18), Washington (16), San Diego (15), and Tampa Bay (14).
Stutes’ major league career began with so much promise, but now looks to be derailed until 2013.