Schwimer called up

Relief pitcher Michael Schwimer has been called up from Triple-A. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

The Phillies placed Joe Blanton on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for righthander Michael Schwimer, who takes Placido Polanco's spot on the roster.

Polanco (sports hernia) was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Tuesday's game. The move is retroactive to Aug. 7, meaning Polanco can be activated Monday.

For now, the Phillies return to 12 pitchers. Schwimer, 25, is 9-1 with 10 saves and a 1.88 ERA in 46 appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He had 86 strikeouts in 67 innings, an average of 11.55 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, and held opponents to a .202 batting average. Schwimer was picked for the International League All-Star team this summer.

Blanton has been out most of the season with elbow problems. He has resumed long tossing and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he hopes the righthander can return sometime in September.

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