Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, August 17, 2011 08:00 AM Comments: 11
UPDATE, 2:40 pm: Here is the official press release from the Phillies on the moves made today:
Third baseman Placido Polanco was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 7, with a sports hernia, the Phillies announced today. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, the Phillies selected the contract of right-hander Michael Schwimer from triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Polanco, 35, last appeared for the Phillies in their game at San Francisco on August 6 and was diagnosed with a sports hernia on August 8. This is the second disabled list stint this season for Polanco who missed 19 games in July due to lower back inflammation. Polanco, a 2011 National League All-Star, was hitting .275 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 89 games for the Phillies this season.
Schwimer, 25, has gone 9-1 with 10 saves and a 1.88 ERA in 46 appearances for Lehigh Valley this season. An International League All-Star in 2011, Schwimer has 86 strikeouts in 67.0 innings (11.55 SO/9.0 IP) and has held opponents to a .202 batting average.
To make room for Schwimer on the 40-man roster, right-hander Joe Blanton (right elbow inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Schwimer will wear #39.
Right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer is set to join the Phillies on Wednesday. The 14th round selection out of the 2008 amateur draft, has been called up by the big club to fill the void left when Placido Polanco was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with a sports hernia.
Through 46 games with the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season, the University of Virginia graduate posted a 9-1 record with 10 saves and a 1.88 ERA while 86 striking out in 67 innings pitched.
Schwimer, a 6-foot-8-inch 250-pounder, has been ready for the step upward for a lengthy stretch. An All-star this season, Schwimer has out-shined many of his IronPigs teammates, only to see those players get called up time and time again. Now, Schwimer’s chance has finally arrived and, if you ask the man himself, he’s been ready for this opportunity for quite a while.
In a recent exclusive interview, Schwimer spoke of his hopes of earning a spot with the big club.
“I absolutely feel like I’m ready,” Schwimer stated. “I feel like I’ve been ready for a while, but…it doesn’t matter how I feel. It matters how the scouts feel and the talent evaluators feel and our GM feels. So, I hope they feel that way and I’m just gonna keep pitching to the best of my ability and hopefully that day comes soon.” Continue reading Schwimer Gets the Call