Seattle Mariners Activate Erik Swanson, Option Anthony Misiewicz
Ahead of their series opener against the Red Sox on Friday, the Mariners have officially activated right-handed reliever Erik Swanson (right elbow inflammation) from the 15-day injured list. To make room for Swanson on the 26-man roster, left-handed reliever Anthony Misiewicz was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Swanson was placed on the IL on May 14 and suffered a minor setback before beginning his rehab assignment with High-A Everett on June 3. Before heading to Triple-A, Swanson made one appearance. He threw a scoreless inning and struck out one against Angels affiliate Salt Lake.
Prior to his injury, Swanson was one of the most productive and reliable relievers for the Mariners out of the bullpen to begin the 2022season. He completed 14.0 innings over the course of 13 outings, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits with 21 strikeouts and just one walk issued during that time.
Despite being on the roster longer than Swanson, Misiewicz threw roughly the same amount of innings (13.2) over 17 total appearances. Leading up to his demotion, he struck out eight and walked six while surrendering seven earned runs on 14 hits.
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Misiewicz’s ability to keep the ball on the ground regressed in the early going, going from a 42.4 percent clip in 2021 to a mark of 34.9 percent in 2022. Also, opponents were making hard contact on 44.2% of batted balls against Misiewicz, who prevented inherited runners scoring 69.9% of the time.
The arrival of Ryan Borucki, a left-handed pitcher, from the Blue Jays, effectively ended Misiewicz’s time on the Mariners’ major league roster. He joins Drew Steckenrider, a right-hander from Seattle’s highly productive 2021 Bullpen, in being demoted for the year.
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