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Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak on 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation

A Mets trainer escorts Mets relief pitcher Anthony

A Mets trainer escorts Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak to the dugout during the eighth inning against the Cardinalsat Citi Field on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Estimating return dates for injured players hasn’t gone well recently for the Mets, so that’s what Anthony Swarzak will avoid doing.

The Mets announced before Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Braves that an MRI late Saturday night revealed inflammation in Swarzak’s throwing shoulder, prompting a stint on the 10-day disabled list. Righthanded reliever Jacob Rhame was recalled.

The move was retroactive to Saturday, a day after Swarzak pitched a scoreless inning against Atlanta.

“I think that the past has proven that any time we try to put a timetable on any kind of injury — me, other people — if anything, it’s going to come back to bite us in you-know-where,” Swarzak said. “With this one, I’m going to play it safe and I’m not going to give myself a timetable.”

Swarzak said the MRI revealed “severe” inflammation, though doctors told him they caught the injury early. It’s by no means a “catastrophic injury of any kind,” according to Swarzak.

The 32-year-old signed a two-year, $14-million contract with the Mets in December. He owns a 6.00 ERA over 21 innings and missed roughly two months with an oblique injury. He also missed two-plus weeks of spring training with a left calf strain.

There’s no cause for significant concern with his latest injury, according to manager Mickey Callaway.

“Right now, it’s just a little inflammation in the shoulder,” he said. “Everything else in the MRI came out clean, so no structural damage.”

Extra bases

After an 0-for-5 performance Sunday, Jose Bautista is 0-for-21 in his last six games ... Jarred Kelenic, selected in the first round in June, went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run on Saturday for Kingsport, the team’s advanced Rookie affiliate … Also on Saturday, Peter Alonso homered for Triple-A Las Vegas. It's his 26th this season.

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