Michael Schwimer shows unhappiness with Phillies by not reporting to Triple-A

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Last week the Phillies demoted rookie reliever Michael Schwimer to Triple-A, but the right-hander was unhappy about the move and believed he should have been placed on the disabled list instead because of elbow soreness.

That may not seem like a big difference, but a DL stint would mean collecting a major-league salary and accruing major-league service time, both of which beat the hell out of Triple-A.

It’s now five days later and Schwimer has yet to report to Triple-A, with Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer writing that he’s seeking a second opinion to prove that the elbow injury is legitimate

When asked about the situation, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. replied:

He’s not in Lehigh Valley, but we don’t plan on taking any action. I really can’t comment on anything else.

There are examples of players in similar situations filing grievances against the team, although considering Schwimer is years from arbitration, let alone free agency, you’d think the Phillies would ditch the hardline stance before it got to that point.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.