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UPDATE: Michael Schwimer has not filed a grievance against the Phillies

Dec 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Schwimer’s agent, Jeff Borris, tells Salisbury that no grievance has been filed against the Phillies. However, he did ask the MLBPA to investigate the matter. It’s still possible a grievance could be filed.

“I believed Michael could have been sent down while he was hurt so I turned the matter over to the union to investigate whether a potential grievance was there,” agent Jeff Borris said. “I haven’t heard anything since.”

Bob Lenaghan, assistant general counsel for the MLBPA, says the investigation is ongoing.

8:38 PM: Some of you may remember that there was a little bit of drama between the Phillies and right-hander Michael Schwimer earlier this summer after he claimed that he should have been placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness rather than sent to the minors. He eventually reported to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and finished the season there, but the issue isn’t completely in the rear-view mirror.

According to Jim Salisbury of, the MLBPA has filed a grievance against the Phillies on behalf of Schwimer. Assuming it is successful, Schwimer could potentially be compensated for what he would have earned had he been on the disabled list.

Schwimer, who turns 27 in February, posted a 4.46 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio over 34 1/3 innings this past season. He is healthy now and remains on the Phillies’ 40-man roster.

  1. greymares - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Fight the grievance then trade his ass

    • hammyofdoom - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Well I mean, what if the guy really was hurt? I dont know the details of the situation but what if he really was screwed over by the team? The grievance could be serious here

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Yeah, those in authority are always right!

    • captainwisdom8888 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Pay the man. He was injured while playin in the bigs, not triple a

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        What are you basing that on?

    • ezthinking - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      I always hated him on “Friends.”

  2. illcomm - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    don’t let the door kick u in the ass on the way out scwhimm

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Exactly….I don’t care what you think of the merits of the case, the guy sucks.

      Ohhhh, and at the time he was sent down, they guy had gone 3 weeks with an ERA in the 3’s…..well below his career avaegae. If he was hurt when demoted, he shuold try to stay injured

      • baldrich819 - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        So if he was pitching fairly well for the 3 weeks leading up to being sent down… Why was he sent down then?…

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        Nate Schierholz was coming off the DL, either Schimmer of Jeremey Horst had to go down to make room. Horst had a 1.15 ERA.

  3. mojosmagic - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    That should be good for his worthless career. The guy never said he was hurt until they sent him to the minors because he sucked then his arm was sore. Normal x rays and MRI. OK now it’s time to sink or Schwim.

  4. Old Gator - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Heh – everyone would give him the benefit of the doubt if it had been Scrooge McLoria who sent him down. The buffoon and the Chihuahua have a reputation for taking guys aside and threatening them with the minors for any number of reasons – often, right in front of their teammates. Just add that to the list of reasons why they’re so widely detested.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    He’s just pissed that the zoo sold him monkey to a movie company.

  6. ezthinking - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    That photo looks like he’s trying to throw the ball over the stadium roof.

  7. Utley's Hair - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    No grievance was filed yet. Schwimer’s agent requested an investigation, but no grievance has been filed.

  8. scotttheskeptic - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    I recall reading that a 2nd (and possibly a 3rd?) opinion were negative for injury before he reported to Lehigh Valley. Where is the basis for grievance?

  9. philsphan34 - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    The phillies should file a grievance against Schwimmer for being an awful middle reliever… Chad Qualls while they’re at it as well

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    ESPN has released video of Schimmers injury

    • dcwal152 - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      That’s awesome

  11. dcwal152 - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I’m sorry. But the amount of additional money that he would have made would have been irrelevant to the phillies. If the league rules in favor of schwimmer it will set a vet bad precedent for all players to claim they are hurt before being sent down.

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