3:27pm: Swarzak tells reporters that he’s been diagnosed with a “mild to moderate” oblique strain (Twitter link, with video, via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo). Doctors have informed him that a best-case scenario would be a return in “a few weeks.”
8:21am: The Mets have placed righty Anthony Swarzak on the 10-day DL, according to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t James Wagner of the New York Times, on Twitter). The official cause of the placement is a “sore left oblique.”
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While oblique injuries can be tricky, it’s notable that this one has — to this point — only been identified as soreness, rather than a strain. The Mets will no doubt exercise care in bringing Swarzak along, but perhaps his recent MRI gave cause for optimism despite the DL placement. Of course, that’s all guesswork at this point; presumably the club will provide further information later today.
Swarzak joined the Mets on a two-year, $14MM contract over the winter, following a breakout 2017 season in which he tossed 77 1/3 innings of 2.33 ERA ball. The plan was to plug him into a high-leverage role along with fellow righties Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos.
For now, though, Swarzak will rest up while the Mets turn to a familiar face in Hansel Robles, who was recalled to take the open roster spot. Robles was a key part of the relief corps over the past three seasons, but stumbled in 2017. He had opened the current season on optional assignment.