Swarzak received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. Swarzak spent last season in Korea after being designated for assignment by the Indians in May. He performed well in the majors as recently as 2014 with the Twins organization, but he'll likely head to the minors if he can't return to his past form.
Swarzak agreed to a minor league deal with the Yankees on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Swarzak finished his 2015 season in the Korean Baseball Organization after he was DFA'd by the Indians in May. He only appeared in three games with the Indians last season, but he was a solid reliever with the Twins in 2013-14 when he posted a 3.70 ERA over 182 combined innings of work in lower leverage situations.
Indians pitcher Anthony Swarzak accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com. He was designated for assignment on May 9 after registering a 3.38 ERA and 13:4 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings with the Indians this season.
The Indians have selected the contract of pitcher Bruce Chen, who will draw the start Saturday against the Twins, while designating pitcher Anthony Swarzak for assignment. Chen has excelled with Triple-A Columbus, going 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 23:3 K:BB ratio in 31 innings. He's a candidate to stick in the rotation if he can pitch well at the major-league level. Swarzak posted a 3.38 ERA and 13:4 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings with the Indians before being removed from the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
The Indians added Anthony Swarzak to their Opening Day roster. Swarzak was a non-roster invitee. The team had to first add him to the 40-man roster, before he could break camp with the club. He had an 8.10 ERA in 10 games this spring, with 13 strikeouts in 10 innings.