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Chris Schwinden Placed on Waivers to Make Room for Elvin Ramirez

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April 27, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets pitcher Chris Schwinden (63) during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
April 27, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets pitcher Chris Schwinden (63) during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

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 right-handed 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.