May 10, 2012
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Since Michael Schwimer can’t do much as a pitcher right now, he’s taking up a job in journalism.
Going by that tweet, the Phillies will be making a ton of moves regarding their bullpen and the injury to Laynce Nix.
First off, the Phillies announced last night they were optioning reliever Joe Savery to Lehigh. And with both lefty Jake Diekman and righty Raul Valdes being mentioned in the tweet, that means another reliever will be sent down as well.
Top candidate for that is Brian Sanches and his 2.75 WHIP and 11.25 ERA in four innings.
In 11 outings for Lehigh, Valdes is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strike outs in 21 innings. Diekman is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (13 games) of work with 22 strike outs.
Nix reinjured his calf during a pinch-hit single in yesterday’s loss and could possibly wind up on the DL. Right-handed hitting Hector Luna will be the guy filling in, hitting .277 with a homer and 12 RBIs so far in AAA.
If Nix doesn’t go on the DL then catcher Erik Kratz could be sent back down.