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Phils Promote RJ Swindle

The Phillies have purchased the contract of AAA reliever RJ Swindle, according to Comcast SportsNet.

Swindle is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings with AAA Lehigh Valley. With AA Reading he went 1-0 with an 0.54 ERA in 16.2 innings. He’s a slow-tossing three-quarter lefty with a achingly slow curveball and a fastball that’s almost as slow. He has 31 strikeouts and five walks. The 25-year-old is a young Jamie Moyer, just with a lot less experience.

Swindle will likely be used as a LOOGY (left-handed one-out guy), and really, it’s about time. The Phils have wanted to put a LOOGY in their bullpen forever, and this is the right guy. He costs next to nothing and provides some much-needed variety to a bullpen of hard throwers. He also marks the first addition to the entire pitching staff since Brad Lidge.

Welcome, to the Great R and J Swindle.

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