Phillies Notes: Stutes placed on DL with biceps tendinitis

Michael Stutes stands with his glove near his face after giving up a 11th-inning grand slam home run to Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Michael Stutes stands with his glove near his face after giving up a 11th-inning grand slam home run to Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 25, 2013

Bad news almost always follows the bad baseball for the Phillies these days, and Sunday was no exception.

Immediately after the team completed its disappointing homestand with an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets, the Phillies announced that righthander Michael Stutes had been placed on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Perhaps even more ominous, setup man Mike Adams, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with what the Phillies also called biceps tendinitis, is seeking a second opinion from Neal ElAttrache Monday in Los Angeles. He accompanied the team on its charter flight to San Diego and planned to travel to Los Angeles to see ElAttrache, the same doctor who performed surgery on Roy Halladay earlier this season.

"We're going to get it checked out and get a second opinion and go from there," Adams said. "There's some stuff going on that we're concerned about."

Adams, on the disabled list for the second time this season after signing a two-year, $12 million deal, said his arm has been sore for the last two or three weeks.

"It's just one of those things you try and get through, that you hope it's nothing serious and hope it goes away," he said. "After the game Wednesday night, I felt fine. I felt fine in the game. I felt fine afterward. I did my workouts, iced . . . and then I went home and that's when it really set in. I tried to lift my little boy up and I was unable to do that."

Adams, 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA as the team's setup man, admitted to being worried about what might be wrong, but said he does not think it is related to the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that required offseason surgery.

"Yeah, there's some concern," Adams said. "We did an MRI and there's some concern."

Stutes, who missed almost all of last season because of shoulder surgery, admitted to being disappointed by his latest injury.

"It's been sore for a few days, but just something I've tried to pitch through," Stutes said. "We decided it's better to not let it become something more major. It's very tough. It's one of those things I've worked [hard] getting back. It's unfortunate that there's another small setback. But hopefully, that's all it is."

The Phillies filled Stutes' spot on the roster by recalling righthander Phillippe Aumont, who had a 6.75 ERA and 15 walks in 11 appearances at triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ramirez's debut

Lefthanders Joe Savery and Jake Diekman each allowed a run in relief of losing pitcher John Lannan, but the Phillies did get some good bullpen work from J.C. Ramirez in his major-league debut.

The 24-year-old righthander acquired in the 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle struck out the side during a perfect eighth inning. Ramirez was promoted to the Phillies despite a 6.53 ERA at Lehigh Valley this season.

"I think I had been throwing well my last few outings and I had got my confidence back," Ramirez said. "The numbers [overall], I worked on something with the pitching coach [Ray Burris] when I got to Lehigh and my numbers didn't show up. After that, I made the adjustment and showed what these guys wanted to see."

Ramirez had a 2.70 ERA in his last eight appearances for the IronPigs.

Extra bases

Domonic Brown is 10 for 50 with three doubles and three RBIs since hitting his last home run June 8. . . . Ryan Howard had a single and a walk and was the only hitter to reach base twice against Mets righthander Matt Harvey. Howard is hitting .357 with a .442 on-base percentage in June.


Contact Bob Brookover at bbrookover@phillynews.com. Follow @brookob on Twitter.

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