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Schwimer Traded to Toronto

Michael SchwimerThere is more to the Michael Schwimer trade than just a glut of relief pitchers in Phillies camp.

The Phillies announced today they traded Schwimer to the Blue Jays for Minor League first baseman Art Charles. Ruben Amaro Jr. said they shipped Schwimer to Toronto because they had depth in the bullpen, they needed to anticipate future roster moves and they needed power at the Minor League level. But Schwimer had fallen out of favor with the organization after he disputed the Phillies’ decision to send him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August, claiming he was injured, although there also had been other issues.

It might be more accurate to call this trade addition by subtraction.

“He’s a great kid,” said Amaro, when asked if last season’s dispute sparked the trade. “There’s nothing wrong with Schwim.”

Schwimer said he agreed, but added one caveat.

“The Phillies want to win period so they’re not going to let any petty differences affect them wanting to win,” he said. “So in my opinion I think that had absolutely zero effect.”

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Schwimer Laying Low on Twitter

Michael Schwimer is back, but he said he will be worrying only about his pitching this time around.

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.”

Amaro Close to Deal, Phillies Make First Cuts

The Phillies locked up Charlie Manuel through 2013 when he signed a two-year contract extension yesterday.

Ruben Amaro Jr. is next.

Sources indicated today the Phillies and Amaro are close to a multiyear extension. An announcement could come in the next couple days.

Amaro, 46, replaced Pat Gillick as general manager following the 2008 World Series championship. He previously served as assistant general manager for 10 years under Ed Wade and Gillick.

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The Phillies made their first Spring Training roster moves today, optioning or reassigning 16 players to Minor League camp.

The number quickly dropped to 15 when the Phillies reassigned Robb Quinlan and his agent asked for his release. The Phillies granted it.

The Phillies also reassigned right-handers Brian Bass, Eddie Bonine, Andrew Carpenter and Michael Schwimer; left-hander Ryan Feierabend; catcher Joel Naughton; infielders Tagg Bozied and Quinlan; and outfielder Matt Miller.

The Phillies optioned seven players to Minor League camp: right-handers Justin De Fratus, Drew Naylor and J.C. Ramirez; infielders Harold Garcia, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Rivero and Matt Rizzotti.

The Phillies are taking a little longer look at right-hander Michael Stutes, who has pitched well this spring. He has a 1.50 ERA in four Grapefruit League appearances. Opponents have hit .143 against him. The only other non-roster invitees still in big-league camp are left-handers Dan Meyer and Juan Perez. Meyer has a .600 ERA in three appearances, although opponents have hit .182 against him. Perez has a 3.00 ERA in three appearances, and opponents have hit just .077 against him.

The Phillies are looking for a second left-hander to pitch in the bullpen. They currently only have J.C. Romero.

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Seven More Players Invited to Spring Training

The Phillies have invited seven more players to Spring Training as non-roster invitees, bringing the total to 19. Here is the information from a Phillies news release:

Brian Bass, RHP: Bass, 29, spent the majority of the 2010 season with triple-A Indianapolis where he went 4-4 with two saves and a 3.26 ERA in 41 games (one start). He also made four appearances in the majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, all in relief. For his major league career Bass has gone 9-7 with one save and a 5.16 ERA in 101 games (four starts) between the Twins (2008), Orioles (2008-09) and Pirates (2010). Following the season, Bass pitched for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League where he went 1-1 with a 2.68 ERA in seven starts.

Tuffy Gosewisch, C: In 97 games for double-A Reading last season, Gosewisch, 27, hit .241 with nine home runs and 32 RBI. Also a non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training in 2008 and 2009, he batted .289 with four home runs and 15 RBI over his final 28 games of the season. For his minor league career, Gosewisch, an 11th round selection by the Phillies in the June 2005 draft, has hit .234 with 27 home runs and 176 RBI in 472 games.

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Polanco Feels Better, Talks Return

The quicker Placido Polanco heals the better for the Phillies.

Polanco, who is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow, said today he is feeling much better. He is expected to begin baseball activities as early as Saturday. He said it is possible he could rejoin the Phillies for their July 19-22 series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

“Two of the doctors were right on,” Polanco said. “They said Wednesday you were going to start feeling really good. It’s amazing.”

Polanco has been doing various treatments for his elbow. He has been throwing and running to stay in shape.

“They don’t want to really rush me,” he cautioned. “They want to make sure it’s completely healed.”

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Minor League notes: Triple-A Lehigh Valley placed right-hander Nate Bump on the disabled list (viral illness). Right-hander Michael Schwimer has been called up from Double-A Reading. … Matt Rizzotti was named Eastern League Player of the Month for June. He hit .369 (38-for-103) with seven doubles, seven home runs, 24 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 27 games. … Infielder Harold Garcia and right-hander Justin De Fratus were transferred from Class A Clearwater to Double-A Reading.

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