A swap of relievers today, with the Braves acquiring righty reliever Anthony Swarzak and cash considerations from the Mariners for righty Arodys Vizcaíno and Lefty Jesse Biddle.
Swarzak has a 5.27 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, and 17/8 K/BB ratio in 13.2 innings. This after a similarly poor year with the Mets in 2018. He’ll work in middle relief for the Braves.
Biddle was designated for assignment by Atlanta last week after allowing seven earned runs in 15 relief appearances while giving up 18 hits and walking 10 in 11.2 innings. That was surprising given that he was effective in 2018 but the Braves had no choice but to let him go last week. The Mariners, nine games out in the AL West and not expected to do anything in 2019 have a bit more leeway to let Biddle try to figure it out and regain last year’s form.
Vizcaíno is out for the season following shoulder surgery and is a free agent this coming offseason. His inclusion in the deal is to make the cash work for everyone.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.
He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.
It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.
However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.