The Philadelphia Phillies have had to place second baseman Chase Utley once again on the 15-day disabled list, this time for a strained right oblique which is retroactive to May 21st. Luckily for him and the team the strain is considered pretty mild and shouldn’t take too long to heal. Of course with the wear and tear on his body after several seasons in the major leagues, nothing should be taken for granted with his healing progress.
Taking Utley’s spot on the active roster is utility man Michael Martinez who was recalled from their Triple-A Lehigh Valley minor league affiliate. He has struggled all season in the minors and will provide the parent club some depth and not much more in Utley’s absence.
In another move, the Phillies have also recalled right-handed reliever Michael Stutes from Lehigh Valley. Tossing a respectable 3.33 earned run average along with a solid 1.19 WHIP, he comes equipped with a better than 2:1 strike outs per walk ratio. Expect him to toss middle-relief out of the Philadelphia pen.