Swarzak Calls Injury Mild, Hopes to Return Sooner Than Later

Anthony Swarzak talked to reporters at Citi Field on Tuesday afternoon and said his oblique strain is “mild to moderate,” and that he hopes to return sooner rather than later.

While oblique injuries are tricky and can linger, Swarzak said as long as he feels better each day, which he has, he thinks he can make it back in shorter than a few weeks.

Update – April 2, 11:01 a.m.

Anthony Swarzak, who left Saturday’s match up against the St. Louis Cardinals with a sore oblique, will undergo an MRI on Monday.

The 32-year-old was reevaluated Sunday with the doctors recommending the MRI.

Swarzak also dealt with a strained left calf this spring which forced him to miss time.

He has appeared in two games for New York so far this season.

Original report – March 31, 4:53 p.m.

Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak left today’s 6-2 win over the Cardinals in the top of the eighth with a sore left oblique.

Issuing a two-out walk to Jose Martinez, Swarzak grabbed at his oblique in pain, bringing team trainers and Mickey Callaway out to the mound. After a rather lengthy discussion, Swarzak was pulled in favor of Jeurys Familia, who finished off the game with a four-out save. Swarzak had allowed a solo home run to Matt Carpenter earlier in the inning.

The Mets announced the injury as left oblique soreness, but Mickey Callaway told reporters Swarzak will be re-evaluated tomorrow morning. “There’s a little bit of concern now,” he said, “You have to be cautious with it.”

Swarzak inked a two-year, $14 million deal with the Mets this winter.

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