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Monday, May 21, 2012
Official: Schwinden out, Rottino up

By Adam Rubin

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Chris Schwinden officially has been optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo after a one-day major league stay in which he did not appear. Utility man Vinny Rottino is back with the Mets.

Rottino is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts at the major league level this season, but is hitting .307 with four homers and 25 RBIs in 140 at-bats at the Triple-A level. He had a three-homer game with Buffalo on Saturday. He had enjoyed a 20-game hitting streak in the International League until it was halted Friday.

Rottino, who had solely played outfield early in the season with Buffalo, served as catcher his last two games with the Triple-A club before the call-up, so perhaps Terry Collins now will feel comfortable using him in that role -- or, at least, as a third catcher to free up being able to pinch hit for Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson if needed.