Pedro Swann, 36, helped the R-Phils mount a second-half surge last season by hitting .365 with 25 RBIs. The veteran outfielder started the season with Triple-A Ottawa, but had trouble breaking into the starting lineup.
Swann, who’s seen limited Major League action with Atlanta, Toronto and Baltimore, will replace injured outfielder Branden Florence and join an outfield that includes Javon Moran and Greg Jacobs, among others. Swann played just three games for the Lynx and went 3-for-9. Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle has the full story of Swann’s return here. Without checking, I’d have to assume Swann becomes the oldest player in the Eastern League.
Taylor signs in Mexico: Former first round pick Reggie Taylor (1995) has caught on with Olmecas de Tabasco in the Mexican League. Taylor last played in the majors in 2005 with Tampa Bay. Taylor apparently couldn’t find room with the Long Island Ducks, which is becoming the new hotbed for ex-major leaguers (Richard Hidalgo, Danny Graves, Carl Everett, John Halama, Donovan Osborne). There are a couple ex-Mariners in that list, Mr. Gillick.
Simon lands on feet: Randall Simon has landed back with Tijuana of the Mexican League. After 18 games, last season’s bench addition is hitting .321 with a .936 OPS.
Rule 5 updates: Alfredo Simon, released by the Phillies during spring, has been converted back into a starting pitcher with the Oklahoma RedHawks (AAA, Rangers) and has 14 strikeouts in 20 innings and is holding hitters to a .145 batting average. As for Jim Ed Warden, the big reliever is throwing frisbees with Buffalo (AAA, Indians). In 7 2-3 innings, the side-arm pitcher has a 2.35 ERA and no walks.
Minor league transactions: The Phillies signed left-hander Abel Gomez and second baseman Kevin Howard recently, as listed in Baseball America’s transaction update. Howard has started a couple games at second for Clearwater. Gomez pitched last season in the Yankees organization.