Manzella out one week with strained quad

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According to Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella suffered a strained right quadriceps while trying to beat out a grounder during Saturday’s spring game against the Yankees. 

The injury isn’t considered horribly serious, but he’s likely to miss at least a week while the swelling subsides.  Manzella hit .289/.339/.417 with nine homers, 31 doubles, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases last season in 133 games for Triple-A Round Rock and was performing well this spring in major league camp.  If healthy, he’s expected to start at shortstop for the Astros.  Should he require a bit more recovery time once the season begins, look for Jeff Keppinger to pick up the slack at the shortstop position.

Mets sign reliever Anthony Swarzak

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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak. It’s a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.

Swarzak is an eight-year big league veteran who pitched for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, posting a 2.33 ERA in 70 games. The righty struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings while walking 2.6. It was a really nice year and he’s a really nice pickup for the Mets, even if he is a fallback choice after they failed to sign Bryan Shaw.