Phillies bring in Sutter to mentor young arms

Phillies bring in Sutter to mentor young arms

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have a limit to their payroll, which means they need some of their young pitchers to fill voids in the bullpen in the near future.

They think Bruce Sutter can help.

The Phillies announced Monday they have hired Sutter, the Hall of Fame closer, to work as a Minor League pitching consultant for the final few weeks of the 2010 season. He will work with pitchers from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading.

"He has a tremendous amount of experience and success," Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said. "We have a group of young arms that need to continue to work on their secondary stuff.

"Anytime you can get somebody of Bruce's expertise and experience to help take a look -- and maybe make a suggestion or two that we haven't thought about on getting these young relievers over the top. We're really pleased to have him see our pitchers the next three weeks."

That group includes relievers like Scott Mathieson, Mike Zagurski, Michael Stutues, Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus and Christopher Kissock. Vance Worley and J.C. Ramirez currently are starters, but could see themselves in the Phillies' bullpen in the future. Sutter could introduce them to the splitter, which he mastered in his career.

"We need them in short order to go from prospects to Major League pitchers," LaMar said. "Anytime you can bring in a Hall of Famer to take a look at these guys to make sure we're headed in the right direction with all of them ... it sure doesn't hurt to have somebody from the outside take a look. Sometimes you can't see the forest through the trees."