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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Anthony Swarzak will avoid DL


By on 8/17/2014 10:30:00 AM

With the Minnesota Twins in last place in the American League Central at 55-66, the last thing they needed was a blow to the pitching staff that is 26th in the league in ERA. It appeared that would be the case when reliever Anthony Swarzak turned his ankle during his last appearance. The good news is that is appears Swarzak will be able to return without landing on the disabled list.


I reported on August 14 that Swarzak was in a walking boot after he suffered a severely sprained right ankle on the final pitch he threw the night before. X-rays were negative, but Swarzak admitted he hurt his ankle pretty badly, so a DL stint would not be a surprise.

An update on Swarzak, as reported by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, is that he threw without any issues on Friday and Saturday and has been cleared to return. Swarzak also simulated coming off the mound to field ground balls to make sure he ankle was fine. He reported that everything went well and he'll avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
"The ankle is doing good. Yesterday, I took a really good step forward and feel pretty good today. So no need for the DL. I ran around and threw and everything is OK."
Swarzak, in his fifth Major League season, is 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 37 games. He had has best season last year when he appeared in 48 games and went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA. In 96 innings, Swarzak allowed 89 hits, walked 22 and struck out 69.  In 168 career games, including 29 starts, he is 15-23 with a 4.41 ERA.






 
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