February 25, 2013 |
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.
February 19, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Michael Schwimer should not be here. The tall, bushy-haired pitcher sits alone most mornings at his locker in the center of the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field. When Schwimer challenged management's decision six months ago to send him to triple A rather than place him on the disabled list, it created friction in an already strained relationship. The Phillies had every reason to cut ties this winter. They did not. "The whole front office wants to win," Schwimer said.
September 20, 2011 |
The National League East champion Phillies lost the day portion of a day-night doubleheader today to the Washington Nationals, 4-3, in 10 innings at Citizens Bank Park. Raul Ibanez hit a three-run pinch-hit home run to tie the score in the seventh, but the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman's pinch-hit single in the top of the 10th inning was the winner. In the night game, Cliff Lee will go for his 17th win. Kyle Kendrick pitched six scoreless innings before giving way to Michael Schwimer in the seventh.
August 20, 2011
WASHINGTON - Phillies righthander Michael Schwimer is happy to be in the majors, period. But it's extra sweet that two days into his career, he is playing as close to home as possible. That meant a cheering section of more than 100 for the Alexandria, Va., native during Friday night's opener against the Nationals. "Unbelievable," Schwimer said. "So lucky. " The 25-year-old pitcher took Placido Polanco's spot on the roster when he was called up Wednesday. The Phillies' hotel is in Virginia, only three highway exits from where Schwimer grew up. The University of Virginia graduate has plenty of family and friends still in the area.
July 1, 2011
Three Lehigh Valley IronPigs - catcher Erik Kratz, righthander Michael Schwimer and lefty Mike Zagurski - will participate in the July 13 Triple A All-Star Game to be played at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City. Kratz is second among International League catchers with 10 homers and it's his third straight IL All-Star selection. In his first full season at Triple A, Schwimer is 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA. It is the first All-Star selection for Zagurski since being drafted by Phillies in 2005.
August 29, 2012
Michael Schwimer did not report to triple-A Lehigh Valley in time for Monday's game, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies have not placed the pitcher on the restricted list. "He's not in Lehigh Valley, but we don't plan on taking any action," Amaro said Monday. "I really can't comment on anything else. " Schwimer, 2-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 35 appearances at the big-league level this season, was optioned to triple-A on Thursday, but he believes he should have been placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness.
January 7, 2011
Here are some highlights for the seven players who were invited yesterday to spring training as non-roster invitees: _ Brian Bass, RHP, 29: With Triple A Indianapolis in 2010, 4-4, 3.26 ERA, two saves in 41 games. Made four relief appearances with the Pirates. In 101 big-league games is 9-7, 5.16, one save. _ Tuffy Gosewisch, C, 27: In 97 games for Double A Reading, hit .241, nine home runs and 32 RBI. _ Joel Naughton, C, 24: Native of Melbourne, Australia, hit .308, five home runs, 31 RBI in 51 games for Class A Clearwater in 2010.
April 30, 2011 |
READING - Josh Zeid took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, Tuffy Gosewisch homered, and the Reading Phillies beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 2-0, Friday night. Zeid gave up no hits, struck out two, and walked one before yielding to Michael Cisco to begin the sixth. Cisco gave up two hits and struck out three in three innings. The R-Phils' first run came in the first inning, when Freddy Galvis scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Cody Overbeck. Gosewisch added his solo shot to left in the fifth.
May 26, 2013 |
ESPN used to have a show that listed five reasons you couldn't blame someone for something even though it appeared as if that someone really deserved the blame. One episode focused on why you couldn't blame Mitch Williams for the Phillies' 1993 World Series loss. The exercise here will be similar. This will focus on why you can't blame Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. for letting Jason Grilli opt out of his contract in the middle of the 2011 season. That move looks terrible now because Grilli leads the National League with 19 saves and has a 1.25 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates entering play Saturday.
September 13, 2011 |
YOU KNOW that team you care so much about? Well, they're homophobic bigots. Those weren't the actual words used by my friend - an award-winning blogger and generally a pretty wonderful human being - but that's what the words he wrote in a Sept. 2 blog post meant to me. And they stung like hell. He'd sent me a private message saying, "I wanted to make sure you saw today's post - it features your beloved Phillies . . . " His blog generally focuses on LGBT issues, and the Phillies had just debuted their "It Gets Better" anti-bullying video.