Anthony Swarzak left today’s Mets/Astros game in Port St. Lucie after feeling discomfort in his left calf. In the third inning, Swarzak attempted to cover first base but came up short and missed the catch. An MRI is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Swarzak told reporters in the clubhouse that he was not very concerned about the pain.
“If it was an issue where right when it happened I couldn’t take another step or something like that, or needed a cart to get me off the field then yeah, I’d be concerned,” he said. “But I’m walking, I’m standing here right now. I think we’re going to be OK.”
Swarzak who signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the club this offseason, is expected to be an important piece of the Mets’ bullpen this year. Swarzak credits new Mets’ manager Mickey Callaway with helping to revitalize his career after spending time with Callaway in Cleveland. Swarzak pitched for both the White Sox and the Brewers in 2017.
In one and two thirds innings so far this spring training - including today’s injury truncated appearance - Swarzak has struck out two, walked one, and given up one double and one home run.