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By Scott Barancik/Jewish Baseball News

Michael Schwimer made his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday (2/26/2013), just three days after being traded by the Philadelphia Phillies.

He made a statement, too. Brought on in the 5th inning of Tuesday’s Spring Training game against the Minnesota Twins, the 6-foot-8 reliever retired the side on just 9 pitches, inducing two groundouts and one strikeout.

Perhaps it was his sinker. According to Ontario’s National Post, Schwimer added the pitch during the offseason in a bid to improve his grounder-to-fly-ball ratio.

Even if he continues performing well this Spring, the 27-year-old Virginia said it’s likely he’ll be sent down to AAA before Opening Day. “The bullpen has four or five veteran guys and they also have three or four guys that are out of options,” he noted.

“Does that mean I’m not going to fight my ass off and try to compete for a job? No, I’m going to work and try to show them what I have, what I can do.”

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