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08/18/11 12:02 AM ET

Phillies bring up Schwimer to big leagues

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.

Howard has right hand examined by staff

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard does not seem to be too alarmed, but he also said there is something there.

He said he felt something in his right hand while swinging at a fastball in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. He had the Phillies' training staff examine it, but he finished the game.

"I'm cool," Howard said. "I don't know if it's a little strain. It's some kind of little discomfort. I'll just try to play through it. ... Right now, it's kind of wait and see. I don't know if there's going to be an MRI, but I don't think it's anything that serious."

He also described the discomfort as "weakness" in the hand.

Schneider gets call at catcher as Ruiz rests

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies planned to have Carlos Ruiz catch Cliff Lee on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

But plans changed when Ruiz suffered a bruised left testicle Tuesday, when D-backs catcher Miguel Montero fouled a ball into him in the seventh inning of a 3-2 victory over the Phillies. Ruiz crumbled to the ground, but finished the game.

The Phillies said Ruiz could play if needed.

Brian Schneider replaced him in the starting lineup Wednesday.

Worth noting

• Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels played catch Wednesday and is expected to throw a bullpen session Friday. Hamels is missing a turn in the rotation because of inflammation in his left shoulder. Hamels believes he can rejoin the rotation next week.

• The Phillies could get the final ruling on Shane Victorino's suspension before the end of the week. Major League Baseball suspended him three games for his role in a bench-clearing brawl in San Francisco on Aug. 5. Victorino hopes to have the suspension and fine reduced.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.