The Phillies have traded 27-year-old reliever Michael Schwimer, originally scheduled to pitch Saturday, to Toronto for minor league first baseman Art Charles, according to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury.
Schwimer, a 6-foot-8 righthander, had only an outside shot of making the team out of spring training. The Phillies' bullpen is believed to have just three openings after accounting for Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Adams, Antonio Bastarto and Chad Durbin. One spot will almost certainly go to a lefty. The other openings will likely go to two of Mike Stutes, Phillippe Aumont, Justin De Fratus and B.J. Rosenberg.
Appearing in 35 games for the Phils last year, Schwimer compiled a 4.46 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, 36 strikeouts and 16 walks in 34.1 innings. He first appeared with the big club in 2011 after being drafted in the 14th round of the draft in 2008.
Art Charles, a 22-year-old first baseman, was drafted three times -- in 2008, 2009 and 2010 -- before signing with the Blue Jays after they selected him in the 20th round in '10.
Charles split time last year at Rookie ball and Low A levels of the minors. He posted a .236/.381/.528 line in 64 games between two clubs, also smacking 15 doubles, four triples, 13 RBIs and knocking in 34 runs. He struck out 74 times and walked 46 times in 265 plate appearances.