Chien-Ming Wang will pitch out of the bullpen upon return

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Nationals manager Davey Johnson told Amanda Comak of the Washington Times on Saturday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will pitch out of the bullpen when he’s cleared to return (sometime next week) from his badly-strained left hamstring.

Wang has been making starts in the minors and has appeared in relief only five times in his MLB career, but the Nats don’t want to push Ross Detwiler and his 3.65 ERA out of the rotation. And Washington’s four other starting pitchers have been even better.

Wang, 32, registered a solid 4.04 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 62 1/3 innings (11 starts) last season. He should do well in a long relief role, and will be first-in-line for spot start duty.

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.