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.
Indians pitcher Anthony Swarzak is getting into form for the beginning of the regular season. Swarzak, who is a non-roster invitee to camp, has not surrendered a run or a hit in his last two appearances while adding four strikeouts. "He was really good his first outing," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "And then had a few outings where he wasn't as good, just as far as getting ahead. The last couple, he's really done a good job with the little things -- getting ahead, controlling the count -- and it's paid off with strikeouts and really good stuff. It seems like he's getting better and better as camp goes on." Swarzak is feeling more confident as spring training rolls on. "The whole spring, health-wise, I've felt really good," Swarzak said. "I've felt almost ahead of schedule, so those three rough innings I had in a row were tough to swallow, because I felt so good. I'm glad I kind of got it worked out and things are starting to roll for me a little bit."
The Indians announced Thursday they signed pitcher Anthony Swarzak to a minor-league contract, which includes an invite to spring training. Swarzak went 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 50 outings (four starts) for the Twins in 2014. He is 16-24 with a 4.48 ERA over five MLB seasons.