Swarzak tossed a perfect eighth inning and struck out a batter in Monday's victory over the Pirates. Swarzak has been nearly untouchable in September, giving up just two hits while posting an 11:0 K:BB in 7.1 innings over seven appearances out of the Brewers' bullpen. He has posted a 2.18 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a stellar 32:3 K:BB in 22 games since being acquired by the Brewers in late July. He will serve as the team's setup man the rest of the way.
Swarzak (neck) is good to go for the start of this week's series against the Pirates, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He has not pitched since Aug. 10, partly due to a stiff neck that made him unavailable for Sunday's game. However, he says he is recovered and good to go if he is needed out of the bullpen Tuesday. Swarzak has a 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 12.1 innings since the All-Star break.
Swarzak was unavailable during Sunday's win over the Reds due to a stiff neck, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. This helps explain why Jacob Barnes tossed two innings of relief. It's unclear when the ailment cropped up, or how long it will keep Swarzak sidelined, but he should be considered day-to-day until he is reevaluated after Monday's off day.
Swarzak was traded by the White Sox to the Brewers for minor-league outfielder Ryan Cordell on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. It appears that the Brewers have found a short-term asset to plug into their leaky bullpen for the stretch run of the season. Swarzak currently holds a 2.23 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with the White Sox this season and should operate as one of the Brewers' better high-leverage relief arms.
Swarzak worked around a hit and a walk with two strikeouts over scoreless innings to earn his first career save Monday against the Cubs. Swarzak was handed the save opportunity after a pair of uninspiring outings from the newly acquired Tyler Clippard, and although he put the tying run on base with two outs, he was able to strike out Wilson Contreras to end the game. While it was his first career save, Swarzak has been dominant this season, posting a 2.23 ERA to go along with a 1.03 WHIP, and he could be emerging as the White Sox arm to own for fantasy owners in need of saves.
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