How did I miss this? Phillies pitcher Michael Schwimer was recalled back on June 2 to take the spot of an injured Jose Contreras.
Schwimer will be the first to tell you did was a disappointment in his first stint with the team earlier this season. He pitched 6.1 innings in five relief appearances, giving up seven hits, six runs, five walks, and struck out three, which translated into an 0-1 record (plus one blown save) with an 8.53 earned run average. He was sent down following the Phillies’ May 8 7-4 loss to the Mets.
Since he’s been back, however, Schwimer is a new man. He’s already appeared in seven games, tossing seven innings, giving up one run on six hits (it came on a home run) and three walks, while striking out six batters. That’s a 1.29 ERA for those of you keeping score at home. Unfortunately, the Phillies are still playing stinko; they’ve lost six of those seven games (that home run actually came in the victory), but, this time, not by his hand.
In honor of his fondness for Twitter, this comes from Bleacher Report: Their assessment of him in 140 characters: “Schwimer is finally showing glimpses of what makes him a top prospect: Good fastball that he can actually locate; solid secondary pitches.”