HOUSTON, TX - MAY 02: Chris Schwinden #63 of the New York Mets throws against the Houston Astros on May 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
First of Two Moves to Clear Room for Ramirez and Thole
The New York Mets have placed right-handed pitcher Chris Schwinden on waivers as one of two moves to make room for the promotion of reliever Elvin Ramirez from AAA and the return of catcher Josh Thole from the disabled list, according to a source of Adam Rubin of ESPN:
Schwinden was placed on waivers by the Mets on Thursday, the source said. That maneuver would free a 40-man roster spot for Ramirez.
The 25-year-old Schwinden is 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA in 8 2/3 innings at the major league level this season. He has made three appearances (two starts).
The Mets still will need to free a 25-man roster spot for Thole. Assuming the Mets do not go with three catchers -- which would not seem the likelihood -- Mike Nickeas would appear far more vulnerable than Rob Johnson for a demotion.
Ramirez, 24, has been in the Mets' minor league system for six seasons, compiling a 3.80 ERA, walking 4.6 and striking out 7.9 every nine innings along the way. In eleven games this season for AAA Buffalo, he's maintained a 0.00 ERA while giving up just five hits, walking one, and striking out nineteen over fourteen and two-thirds innings.