Alexandria's Michael Schwimer settles down in Phillies debut

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Michael Schwimer’s baseball career went through St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria and then through the University of Virginia. A 14th-round pick of the Phillies in 2008, Schwimer became a stud reliever in the minors and earned a call-up to the big leagues last week.

It was only fitting that he made his major league debut against the Nationals. He did so Sunday out of a 1-hour, 11-minute rain delay – but it wasn’t a start he’d like to remember. His second pitch to Danny Espinosa went a long way – over the center-field fence as perhaps one of the deepest home runs at Nationals Park.

“Those first pitches, they kind of baptized me right there,” he told Philadelphia reporters, as quoted by the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb.

He was in line for the victory, too, until Ian Desmond homered in the ninth to tie the score. The Nats went on to win 5-4.

“Very tough loss,” Schwimer wrote on his Twitter page. “Wish I had that 2nd pitch back… live to fight another day.”

After the home run, Schwimer was downright dominant. Pressed into three innings of work, he allowed just one hit after that and struck out the side in the seventh. The 6-foot-8 right-hander probably earned more time with the Phillies with that performance, and he got to do so in front of family and friends.

“Cannot express how happy I am to see all the support [I’ve] gotten these past 5 days,” he tweeted. “Thanks to my friends, family, and the phillie phaithful.”

Rollins to get MRI

The Phillies are expected to get third baseman Placido Polanco back from the disabled list Monday, but they could be putting another former All-Star infielder on the DL soon, too. Jimmy Rollins strained his right groin in Sunday’s game and was replaced early on by Wilson Valdez.

Manager Charlie Manuel said Rollins will get an MRI in Philadelphia on Monday.

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