PHILADELPHIA -- Where is Phillies right-hander Michael Schwimer?
The Phillies optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, but he never reported to the IronPigs within the required 72-hour window. He remained AWOL as of Tuesday afternoon. Schwimer was plenty steamed when the Phillies optioned him, insisting he has an arm injury and should have been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Phillies do not think he is injured.
Schwimer got a second opinion on his arm Monday by a doctor from an approved list agreed upon by the league and the Players Association, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday he still did not know if Schwimer planned to report to Triple-A.
He also said the Phillies have not placed him on the restricted or suspended list.
Amaro declined to say anything more. An attempt to reach Schwimer's representation was unsuccessful.
A big issue here is money. By optioning Schwimer instead of placing him on the disabled list, Schwimer no longer makes the big league minimum salary or earns big league service time. But by fighting the Phillies in this matter, he could be burning bridges with the organization because the Phillies seemed likely to recall him Saturday, when rosters expand. Schwimer apparently is willing to take that chance.
It is unknown if he has filed a grievance against the team.