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Michael Schwimer is not happy with the Phillies right now

Aug 23, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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The Phillies optioned right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer to Triple-A Lehigh Valley today in order to make room for Jeremy Horst‘s return from the paternity leave list. That’s hardly headline news. But the story behind the roster move is a bit more interesting.

Here’s the scoop from Jim Salisbury of

According to multiple sources, the demotion did not sit well with Schwimer. Two sources said the pitcher had recently complained of a sore arm and believed he should have been placed on the disabled list instead of being sent to the minors. Schwimer apparently made his feelings known to club personnel.

It is against Major League Baseball rules to send an injured player to the minors during the season. Of course, the definition of “injured player” can be subjective.

The usually gregarious Schwimer declined to speak with reporters as he strutted out of the clubhouse before batting practice Thursday. One person who had spoken to Schwimer said the pitcher was “making noise about his arm hurting and getting a second opinion.”

Players who are on the disabled list continue to receive major-league pay and service time, so there are motivations at play here that we usually don’t think about in the day-to-day routine of a baseball season. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock declined to comment on the situation, but if Schwimer continues to insist that he’s injured, it could open the door to a grievance being filed.

Schwimer, 26, has a 4.46 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio over 34 1/3 innings with the Phillies this season.

  1. liamj55 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    He should be put on the DL for “sucking”…..

    • Old Gator - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      No, he should be traded to the Beanbags. They’re stockpiling cranky players this year.

    • fighterflea - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      It shouldn’t be hard to get to the bottom of this. If he told someone he was injured, he would have been referred to someone in the health care field. Did this happen? If yes, then presumably there is someone known to the Phils who can vouch for Schwimer’s claim. If he didn’t raise the subject or see the issue warranting a visit, then presumably he was healthy within the meaning of the player’s agreement. This is not nor should it be a ‘he said/he said’ situation.

      It has nothing to do with whether the Phils or fans like or don’t like the work that Schwimer has done to date. There are some really strange comments posted here.

  2. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Those numbers seem deserving of a demotion to me. He’s scared his bodybuiler girlfriend is gonna beat him up because of the pay cut and demotion.

    • illadelphiasphinest - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      And as a Phils fan we are not happy with you Schwimer.

    • delchef9 - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      I’m not happy with a 4.5 ERA out of a BP righty!!! Give Aumont a chance we know what Schwimmer can or cant do.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Okay, I will say it…Michael Schwimer? Dammit, I thought you were talking about David Schwimer not being happy with the Phillies.

  4. hittfamily - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I’m reminded of Brandon Guyer in this situation. The guy lent his truck to Matt Bush in spring training, who then gets drunk, and runs a guy over. He then gets a lawsuit filed against him for $5 million. He posts a 1.000 OPS in spring training, and still gets sent down. The Rays then sign Hideki Matsui to compete with him at AAA in left field. Then he tears something, and is out for the season.

    Ready for the good news? He had been called up for 2 days when he got hurt. 7 plate appearances gets him $400,000 instead of $70,000 (or whatever minimums are).

    Also. This Sox – Halos game is freaking crazy!!!

  5. xmatt0926x - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Nobody knows the truth but I kind of think he has some validity to his argument. The beat writers keep saying they really like his stuff and he could potentially be an 8th inning guy. Phillies fans also know that Amaro and Manuel keep talking about having to keep putting these guys in tough situations to see how they handle it so they can have a better idea of what they have for next season. So, if he is one of the few relievers they have who’s stuff they like and they need to keep giving these guys experience, why would they send him down during the prime time they have to test these guys? I know a guy was coming back from maternity leave but there isn’t anyone on this team who could have been sent down instead, or maybe even just released to open the roster spot? Ohh, and despite his bad overall numbers he has been pitching well the last few weeks so again, why send him down now? Smells fishy….

  6. chew1985 - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Oh boy. Aumont on the roster. No concept of the strike zone. This looks like another great move proving that the Phillies favor players from outside the org for promotion.

    And Schwimer has ticked off the front office. He’s probably thrown his last major league pitch as a Phillie. He will be fine as a middle inning reliever within a year. It just won’t be in Philadelphia.

    Meanwhile, we get to watch a new guy in the bullpen who will average a walk per inning. Good times.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Can’t Cliff Lee just pay Schwimmer’s DL wages? Contribute SOMETHING

  8. FREETOPP - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Reblogged this on Ferryanas's Blog.

  9. tannethrill - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    When did Ross from Friends start playing baseball?

  10. phillyphever - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Never liked him from the start. Makes Herndon look like a major league pitcher in comparison.

  11. hisgirlgotburrelled - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    If they didn’t think he was hurt then why would they keep B.J. Rosenberg and his (now) 10.61 ERA? Schwimer hasn’t been great, but he’s been with the team almost all year and Rosenberg hadn’t shown anything (except last night) in his time in Philly.

  12. delawarephilliesfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Charlie should paraphrase Wilfred Brumley in Absence of Malice:

    Charlie: What’d you figure you’d do after Baseball, Michael?
    Schwimmer: I’m not quitting.
    Charlie: You ain’t no top prospect, Michael. One that called you up is me. You’ve got your release.

  13. greymares - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Scwimmer, Rosenberg, Aumont, Savery are all the same guy they proved they are career AAA pichers as a person that attends about 35 Iron Pigs games every year, I don’t like any of them at the major league level.

  14. prrbrr - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    He’ll be back Sept 1 when clubs expand the active roster. That is of course he keeps his mouth shut for 7 days.

  15. mojosmagic - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    When your name is Schwimmer, and your a minor league nobody who has done nothing but blow leads at the major league level you learn to STFU!

  16. bippybellito - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    He needs to spend some time finding the Big Boy Pants he lost somewhere this season. What an incredible disappointment. He must be taking Jimmy Rollins lessons.

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