The New York Mets have placed reliever Anthony Swarzak on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with right shoulder inflammation and have recalled Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to today’s series finale with the Atlanta Braves.
The Mets signed Swarzak to a two-year deal during the offseason in the hopes that he would serve as an integral part of an improved bullpen. Unfortunately, he landed on the disabled list after the second game of the year with a left oblique strain and missed all of April and May with the injury. He returned to the team on June 5.
After a serviceable month of June, he struggled throughout much of July, allowing seven earned runs and six hits in 5.2 innings. However, he has turned a corner as of late, as he has not allowed a run in his last four outings while giving up just one hit and striking out six in that time. On the season, Swarzak has a 6.00 ERA, a 5.40 FIP, a 1.62 WHIP, and -0.3 bWAR in 21 innings.
Rhame, who has gone up and down frequently between New York and Las Vegas this season, will replace Swarzak in the bullpen. In 18 innings at the major league level this year, Rhame has an 8.00 ERA, a 6.78 FIP, a 1.67 WHIP, and a -0.5 bWAR. In 26.1 innings for the Las Vegas 51s, he has a 3.76 ERA, a 4.14 FIP, and a 1.03 WHIP while notching 33 strikeouts.