"In some regards, it's not that concerning," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "In other regards, as far as spring-training games, it sets a tough tone for the rest of the game. I don't remember the last time that we've scored in the first three or four innings. So it makes it tough for the game that day."
But, in the bigger picture, Sandberg scoffs at a .186 team batting average.
"Overall, I look at our potential lineup and I see the guys that aren't hitting and not overly concerned," Sandberg said. "But as far as wins and losses, it has a big effect on the record in spring training."
The Phillies are 2-10-2 this spring.
Righthander Mike Stutes cleared outright waivers and was removed from the Phillies' 40-man roster Tuesday. Stutes, who was demoted to minor-league camp Saturday, will remain in the organization.
The 27-year-old reliever was roughed up for seven runs in three innings this spring. His fastball could not reach 90 m.p.h. and he was a surprise inclusion among the team's first cuts. Stutes emerged as a dependable reliever in 2011 but has battled shoulder ailments ever since.
The move opens a spot on the 40-man roster for a nonroster camp invitee such as Bobby Abreu, Shawn Camp, Jeff Manship, or David Buchanan. The Phillies have 39 players on their 40-man roster.
Cole Hamels will test his left shoulder with a bullpen session Wednesday morning at Bright House Field. The Phillies hope Hamels can resume a throwing program after a week of inactivity. He is expected to miss most of April, if not more time. . . . Sandberg offered high praise for Darin Ruf, who made offseason adjustments to his stance. "He came in and applied it immediately," Sandberg said. "For a guy who is looking to be on the team and win a job, he's gone about it the right way." . . . Kyle Kendrick did not start a minor-league game Tuesday as scheduled because of flu symptoms. He will pitch Wednesday. . . . Greg Luzinski spent the last two days in uniform as a guest instructor.