Phils open spot on roster by outrighting Stutes

Phils open spot on roster by outrighting Stutes

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Phillies have a host of non-roster invitees who have a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

The list includes outfielders Bobby Abreu and Tony Gwynn Jr. and right-handers Shawn Camp, Jeff Manship and David Buchanan.

Those possibilities and others are why the Phillies announced Tuesday they have outrighted right-hander Michael Stutes from the 40-man roster. More moves like this could be coming before Opening Day on March 31 in Texas.

The move gives the Phillies 39 players on the 40-man.

Stutes, who cleared waivers, is in Minor League camp. He has battled shoulder injuries the past two seasons. His fastball averaged 93 mph in 2011, but it was hitting just 88-89 mph this spring.

"It was based on what we've seen this spring and the last couple of months last season," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "And we have guys in camp that we're looking at for the rotation, the bullpen and the bench. This just opens up a spot for us."

The Phillies also could add from outside the organization, although internal options seems more likely at this point.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.