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Phillies Player Review: Michael Schwimer

Michael Schwimer started the year down in Triple-A Lehigh Valley after not making the team in Spring Training. He was expected to provide the Phils big league club with some relief help when they needed it–and they certainly needed it when Mike Stutes went on the DL early in the year.

However, his stay in the bigs didn’t last too long, as he was sent down just a few weeks later to make room for Cliff Lee, who was set to return to action after spending some time on the DL.

When Jose Contreras went down with an elbow injury in early June, the Phils yet again recalled Schwimer, and this time he stayed up until mid August.

But then things got weird. He was sent down on August 23, but did not report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He claimed that he was injured, and should have been put on the 15-day DL, rather than being sent down. He reluctantly reported almost a week later, and, although he was presumed to be called up in September, he never was. His last game of the 2012 season was on August 19 in a game in Milwaukee.

Even though Schwimer wasn’t with the Phillies for the entire year, he still pitched the 3rd-most innings (34.1) out of the Phils bullpen. He had a 4.46 ERA, and was overall in the middle of the pack among Phils relievers. He wasn’t the best at anything, but he wasn’t the worst, either.

Jon’s Grade: C … Overall, I think Schwimer did a decent job, given the circumstances. He wasn’t even on the team on Opening Day, and made multiple trips between Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley during the season.

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    October 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I wonder what management thinks of Schwimer and the wierd way he ended his season? That will have an impact on his future.

    • George

      October 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Whether his finish affects his future or not depends on how the situation was resolved, if it actually was. Anyone with talent is usually given some slack in their early years, because they are sometimes a bit immature,. The whole thing might have been a giant misunderstanding.

      The front office has said nothing about it since it happened except to indicate that Schwimer finally reported. I also never saw anything about Schwimer actually filing a grievance. Therefore, any thoughts are pure speculation.

  2. Ken Bland

    October 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Shizam. A player review with 1 comment (excluding this forthcoming work of art). With this popular series rolling along with most controversial graded subjects still to come, we have hit a lull where the distraction of who’s going to write about what player is becoming more popular than the feature itself. My guess is AaRrCc draws the assignment on Michael Mini Mart Martinez.

    Isn’t it scary that the Mart Man hasn’t received his outright, unconditional, irrevocable release yet? Shivers! Perhaps the administration is awaiting aRC’s would be review before taking action.

    Tis a long assed off season. Apologies to those that think this stuff is so life and death it mandates serious baseball analysis 365×24 by placing a little off topic jest in place. Oh, by the way, one of which I am, but you’d never know it. Cue KC, and roll “That’s the Way I Like It..”

    • hk

      October 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Scary indeed.

    • Lefty

      October 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      it seems to me that by out-righting Pete Orr today, MM may well be here for a while longer. 🙁

  3. hermmno

    January 7, 2013 at 9:44 am


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