Making his second appearance of the young season, Anthony Swarzak departed his outing early this afternoon with an injury. As he walked off the field, he seemed to be favoring his side, and the Mets announced that he has a sore left oblique.
One of the Mets’ free agent signings over the winter, Swarzak was the only relief pitcher among that group. He joined Jeurys Familia, A.J. Ramos, and Jerry Blevins in the upper tier of the Mets’ bullpen on paper.
Last year, Swarzak threw 77.1 innings in 70 appearances for the White Sox and Brewers. In total, he had a 2.33 ERA and 2.75 FIP with 10.59 strikeouts, 2.59 walks, and 0.70 home runs allowed per nine innings. The Mets signed the 32-year-old right to a two-year, $14 million contract back in mid-December, which turned out to be a very early signing in what wound up being a very, very slow offseason.