PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Schwimer made up his mind as a 12-year-old he would make a big league roster.
It finally happened Wednesday, when the Phillies selected the right-hander's contract from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Schwimer replaced Placido Polanco, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sports hernia. Polanco's trip to the DL is retroactive to Aug. 7, which means he could be activated Monday against the New York Mets.
"It's a dream come true," Schwimer said.
Schwimer, 25, went 9-1 with 10 saves and a 1.88 ERA in 46 appearances with Lehigh Valley. He struck out 86 hitters in 67 innings and held opponents to a .202 average. He throws a fastball, slider and changeup, with the changeup coming along recently.
Schwimer is 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, but is not a hard thrower. His fastball sits in the low 90s, but he uses deception and command to get hitters out.
"I really feel like I've been keeping hitters off-balance a lot more this year than years before," he said. "Before I was a fastball-slider, 'Here I am' kind of guy. Now I'm pitching."
The promotion is good timing for Schwimer, who had been watching Lehigh Valley teammates Vance Worley, Mike Stutes, David Herndon, Andrew Carpenter, Juan Perez, Scott Mathieson and Mike Zagurski gets calls up before him. Schwimer grew up in Alexandria, Va., and the Phillies head to Washington this weekend to play the Nationals at Nationals Park. He will have plenty of ticket requests this weekend, although he said he had a group of 12 in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
To make room for Schwimer, who will wear No. 39, on the 40-man roster the Phillies placed right-hander Joe Blanton on the 60-day disabled list.