CLEARWATER, Fla. - Scott Proefrock walked through the Phillies clubhouse during the eighth inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game with papers in his hand. The assistant general manager instructed a clubhouse attendant to find pitcher Michael Schwimer.
Schwimer was in the Phillies bullpen, exactly where one is supposed to be when scheduled to pitch. Except Schwimer was no longer a Phillie. He had been traded during the game to Toronto for Art Charles, a minor-league first baseman.
"Very surprised," Schwimer said.
But this was a move months in the making. Schwimer angered the organization twice last season by announcing roster moves on Twitter, and by disputing the team's decision to send him to triple A in August.