The Mets have placed relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak, who left his second appearance with the team with an oblique injury, on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 1. To take his place on the roster and in the bullpen, the team has recalled Hansel Robles.
In two-and-one-third innings over two appearances in a Mets uniform, Swarzak has three strikeouts, one walked, and gave up one home run, a solo shot. The team signed him to a two-year, $14 million contract over the offseason to bolster its bullpen. And Swarzak pitched really well last year, with a 2.33 ERA and 2.74 FIP in 77.1 innings with 10.59 strikeouts and 2.56 walks per nine—with a very respectable-for-2017 rate of 0.70 home runs allowed per nine.
Robles, however, did not pitch well last year. While he had some of his signature stretches of great performance, they were far outweighed by the bad ones. He finished the year with a 4.92 ERA and 5.13 FIP in 56.2 major league innings. And his spring training performance didn’t exactly inspire confidence: 11.2 innings, 9.26 ERA, 12 strikeouts, 4 walks, and a staggering 5 home runs allowed.