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Michael Schwimer ends protest against Phillies, reports to Triple-A six days later

Aug 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Upset that the Phillies optioned him to the minors instead of placing him on the MLB disabled list with elbow soreness, reliever Michael Schwimer took his sweet time reporting to Triple-A and there was even speculation that he might file a grievance.

Schwimer finally reported to Lehigh Valley yesterday, six days after being optioned there.

Jim Salisbury of writes that part of the delay came “because he traveled to California for a second medical opinion on Monday” and underwent an MRI exam.

Neither side is commenting on the situation beyond that, but for now at least Schwimer is on the Triple-A active roster.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Thank Ka! The beam is safe, the tower shall not fall.

  2. delawarephilliesfan - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    So……Aaron…..still think it was the Phillies taking the “hard line”?

  3. mss16 - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    They should take a hard line. This guy stinks – he’s Wally Ritchie from the mid ’90’s bad. Worse than Danys Baez or Chad Qualls. If I were Amaro I’d tell him he can shut up and go to Triple A now or go to minor league camp in the spring and every spring after that until his minor league contract expires which would probably end his awful career before it begins.

    • areyesrn - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      at the end of 2011, had so much high hopes for the young kids in the bullpen (Stutes, Savery, Schwimer, DeFratus).

      what a disappointment. The bullpen destroyed this years team. Even at the All-Star break I had hopes that they’d figure the bullpen out like the Cardinals did the year before and make a run.

  4. dennisund - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Vance Worley is diagnosed with bone chips in his elbow, pitches through the pain and insists it does not contribute to his lousy pitching. Phils put him on DL, receiving MLB benefits.

    Michael Schwimer is diagnosed with nothing, insisting it is contributing to his lousy pitching. Phils demote him, receiving no MLB benefits. Schwimer complains further, gets 2nd opinion, finally reports.

    I am not seeing how the Phils were screwing Schwimer here.

  5. CJ - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Schwimmer got called into Amaro’s office last week:

    RAJ: You suck, you’re going to Lehigh.
    MS: You can’t do that, I’m hurt.
    RAJ: Our doctors disagree, how long do you think you’ve been hurt, anyway?
    MS: Couple weeks.
    RAJ: But you’ve sucked for months!
    MS: Oh, well, I want a second opinion.
    MS: &^#$!
    MS: Hi Coach Sandberg, I’m fine, when can I pitch?

  6. deafrecon - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    i feel like schwimer handled the whole situation with the mentality of a middle school student.

    • CJ - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Paging deafrecon, the principal is holding for you on line one.
      Paging deafrecon, Mrs. Schwimmer is holding for you on line two.

  7. phillyphann83 - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    cut him and blackball him throughout the league. rookies need to know their place and its not to run your mouth and be arrogant when you have a +5 era!!!

  8. phillyphann83 - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    4.46, my bad, same point still

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