It didn’t take long for a key Met to be pressured out of a game early.
Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak exited in the most sensible of the eighth of Saturday’s matinee against the Cardinals at Citi Box, grabbing at his left facet even as running shoes guided him off the mound and into the dugout. The crew later indexed Swarzak as coping with a sore left indirect, with the Mets up 6-2 heading into the top of the ninth.
Swarzak, who signed a -12 months, $14 million deal in December to provide depth within the Mets’ bullpen, had back to start the 8th inning after relieving Robert Gsellman within the most sensible of the seventh and giving up a solo homer to Matt Chippie. Jeurys Familia replaced Swarzak with one on and two outs and subsequently retired the aspect.
Swarzak, 32, had neglected a while in spring coaching with a strained left calf. The Mets had been seriously hampered last season through injuries to a lot of their key players.