Schwimer Laying Low on Twitter
The Phils recalled Schwimer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take injured Jose Contreras‘ place in the bullpen. Schwimer is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in six appearances for the Phillies this season. He is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA and six saves in 18 1/3 innings with Lehigh Valley. He said he knows he has struggled in his few opportunities with the Phillies, but he is hopeful his body of work for the entire season will paint a much different picture.
“I like to be judged on a season’s worth of innings,” he said. “Did I struggle? Yes, there’s no sugar-coating that. But I believe in the law of large numbers and sample size. I feel like if I can do that than I should be fine.”
Schwimer, who walked a batter in 1/3 inning Saturday, caused a stir in the organization last month when he tweeted three Phillies roster moves before the team had made them official. He congratulated Jake Diekman, Raul Valdes and Hector Luna on their recent promotions, but the problem was the Phillies had not yet told the players who were being demoted (Brian Sanches and Erik Kratz) that they had been sent down.
Schwimer was reprimanded for it.
“I had no idea I was breaking news,” he said Saturday morning at Citizens Bank Park. “I thought when you got called up that everybody knew already. It’s something I probably should have known, but I wasn’t aware of. I got a firm talking to about it, so now I know. It will never happen again. I learned a lesson.”
In fact, Schwimer said he will be laying low on social media.
“All that stuff — Twitter, the blogging — is pretty much going to come to an end,” he said. “I’m still going to have a Twitter account, but I’m not really going to talk much about baseball, because I just feel like the position I’m in, I need to keep a much lower profile. I need to go about my business and just focus on pitching. All that other stuff, tweeting and all that stuff, is going to be limited or stopped. I don’t want to ruffle any feathers. You can say a lot of things that people take the wrong way. I don’t want to put myself in that situation.”