The Phillies on Thursday recalled reliever Michael Stutes from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and sent down Phillippe Aumont.
Stutes went 1-2 this season for the IronPigs with a 3.33 ERA, 11 walks and 25 strikeouts in 27 innings. He didn't surrender a run in nine of his last 10 appearances and struck out 13. He hasn't pitched in the majors since a one-inning outing against the Padres on April 21 of last year in which he allowed three runs on three hits. He spent the rest of the season on the disabled list and underwent surgery to clean out his injured shoulder.
Stutes had a promising rookie season out of the bullpen in 2011, going 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 57 appearances. He struck out 58 and walked 28 in 62 innings.
Aumont, who will report to the IronPigs, has struggled in his second season with the Phillies. The 24-year-old has a 4.15 ERA in 13 innings. Most notably, he allowed two runs on three hits in his appearance Monday night against the Marlins.
Zambrano inches closer
Carlos Zambrano threw an extended spring training line Thursday at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. He threw 64 pitches in four innings, allowing a run (unearned) and four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. The former Cubs starter was recently signed to a minor-league deal.