R.J. Swindle optioned back to Lehigh Valley, Joe Bisenius recalled before All-Star break.
For a day at least, the right-hander wasn’t. Despite being a day from the All-Star break, the Phillies summoned Bisenius from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, swapping him out for lefty R.J. Swindle, who returned to the IronPigs.
The team needed a fresh arm.
“I’m glad they didn’t forget me,” Bisenius said. “When you’re struggling in the Minors, it’s kind of natural to think that.”
The hard-throwing Bisenius began last season with the Phils and was optioned after the first week. Injuries cost him two months and he never returned to the Majors, an especially frustrating situation considering the Phillies used a club-record 28 pitchers last season.
Even if his time is short — he flew in from Syracuse at 7:15 a.m. ET, and the team could make another roster move to start the second half — at least he’s back in the big leagues.
“It’s always good news to get the call,” Bisenius said. “It’s a relief to get back up here. I’ll go day-to-day and see where it takes me.” (H/T Phillies.com)
While I hate to see Swindle get sent back to the minors, I could have done without seeing his slow-speed pitches. The Phillies still need a second left handed reliever, and Bisenius is a right hander. Could someone please tell me where the logic in that is?