Phillies trade righty Michael Schwimer to the Blue Jays for 1B Art Charles. Schwimer, who was scheduled to pitch today, had a little problem with management toward the end of last season when he was sent down to AAA instead of DL'ed. He had a 4.62 ERA in 47 appearances at the ML-level. Charles - a 22-year old, 20th round draftee in 2010 out of Bakersfield College - has a .240/.360/.480 line (rounded) in three years of minor league service time. With Howard, Ruf & Mayberry able to play 1B, this move really serves to increase the odds that Aumont & De Fratus will be on the opening day roster while freeing up a 40-man roster spot for one of the catchers.
In game-action today, Phillies lost to the Astros 8-3. It was the Astros' first game as a member of the AL. Hamels threw ten pitches in two scoreless frames, giving up a hit. Chase Utley, in his first spring game since 2010 (knees), drove in Ben Revere in the 1st inning. The rest of the Phils' hitters looked good at the plate. Defense - 4 errors (Martinez, Revere, Ruf, & M. Young) - and the bullpen - 8 runs allowed by Rosenberg (3 R, 2 ER, BS, Loss), Miner (2 R, 1 ER), Horst (1 ER), and De Fratus (2 ER) - led to the loss. The Phils had eight (8) hits: Two by Betancourt and one each by Revere, Utley, Orr (HR), Jermaine Mitchell (3B), Brown, and Nix.
Phillies play the Tigers away tomorrow. Halladay vs. Verlander at 1:05 PM in Lakeland.
Sources: PhilliesNation.com and the Phillies.com box score.