General manager John Mozeliak does not know how long Swagerty will need to recovery. This is not the first elbow surgery the 24-year-old has required. He has thrown just 10 2/3 competitive innings since 2011.
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"It's been a long journey," Swagerty said. "I'm not discouraged yet, because it's nothing serious this time, which is positive. I'd like to come here and be healthy and be able to compete, obviously. But at the end of the day, I know it's not anything serious. There is still some relief for me knowing that I was able to work on things and throw the ball hard and feel good. To come in the next day and feel sore, that's not the worst thing that could happen."
It's believed that the inflammation is a byproduct of Swagerty getting back into his throwing routine. Manager Mike Matheny said the team's training staff detected "some weakness" in the elbow, but Swagerty is not scheduled for a second opinion outside the organization.
Swagerty missed all of 2012 and most of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and suffering a setback in his recovery, but he appears ready to resume his development. Swagerty made 36 appearances (12 starts) in 2011 during his last healthy season, going 5-3 with a 1.83 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 89:23 K:BB ratio in 93 2/3 innings across three minor-league levels.
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