Swanson (0-1) took the loss Wednesday as the Mariners fell 1-0 to Cleveland, giving up one run on two hits over six innings while striking out five. The right-hander made only one real mistake in first big-league start, but Jake Bauers put it over the fence for the game's only run. Afternoon shadows likely helped Swanson a great deal -- the two teams combined for only six hits -- but he still looked good and didn't display any nerves. Seattle hasn't yet confirmed he'll remain in the rotation, but assuming Swanson passed his audition and will continue filling in for Wade LeBlanc (oblique), his next turn would come in San Diego on Tuesday.
Swanson is slated to enter the Seattle rotation for his first MLB start Wednesday against the Indians, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Swanson made his big-league debut last week as a reliever before being sent to Triple-A Tacoma after his lone appearance, but he rejoined the Mariners two days later when Wade LeBlanc (oblique) was placed on the injured list. With LeBlanc set to miss at least the next 4-to-6 weeks, Swanson should have an extended opportunity to prove his worth as a starter, though the Mariners likely won't hesitate to pull the plug on him if he struggles in his initial opportunities. The right-hander at least gets a soft landing spot to kick things off with a home start versus a Cleveland offense that ranks 28th in wRC+ (60) and 29th in strikeout percentage (27.4%).
The Mariners recalled Swanson from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. Two days after sending him to the minors, Seattle will bring Swanson back to provide the team with an extra arm after Wade LeBlanc (oblique) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Though Swanson worked in relief in his lone appearance with the Mariners this season and will presumably be available out of the bullpen for the next few days, the right-hander could be the top candidate to replace LeBlanc in the rotation the next time a fifth starter is needed Wednesday against the Indians.
Swanson, who was just optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, is a candidate to be called up if Wade LeBlanc (oblique) is forced to miss at least one start, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. It could be quick turnaround for Swanson if LeBlanc's MRI on Saturday confirms that he'll need to miss at least his next scheduled turn in the rotation Wednesday versus the Indians. Swanson appeared in one game for the Mariners during his just-concluded big-league stint, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts over two innings against the Royals on Thursday.
Swanson was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Swanson made one appearance after being called up Tuesday and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over two innings. The 25-year-old figures to return to his starting role with the Rainiers, but should see the majors again at some point this season.