Phillies Option Michael Schwimer, Reliever Angered By Demotion

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Michael Schwimer #39 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch during the game against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies reliever Michael Schwimer was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday, but he did no go quietly, expressing displeasure with the club's handling of what he feels is an injury.

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Michael Schwimer was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday to make room for Jeremy Horst, who came off the paternity leave list. But according to a report from Jim Salisbury at CSNPhilly.com, Schwimer did not take the demotion well and go quietly to his new assignment. Salisbury writes that Schwimer has complained of arm soreness and felt a trip to the DL was more appropriate:

The usually gregarious Schwimer declined to speak with reporters as he strutted out of the clubhouse before batting practice Thursday. One person who had spoken to Schwimer said the pitcher was "making noise about his arm hurting and getting a second opinion."

The disabled list would be a preferred destination because Schwimer would continue to accrue service time and receive major-league pay. Salisbury suspects that a grievance from the MLBPA filed on behalf of Schwimer could be in play.

For the season, the right-handed reliever has a 4.46 ERA in 35 games.

For more on the Phillies, visit The Good Phight.

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