The Braves lost last night but they suffered a bigger blow earlier in the day when they placed reliever Anthony Swarzak on the injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move was retroactive to Saturday.
Swarzak last pitched on Friday and managed to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning. When he came off the mound, however, he complained of shoulder discomfort. Braves manager Brian Snitker said it is nothing structural and, at the moment anyway, he is optimistic that Swarzak will be able to return when the Braves resume action following the All-Star break.
Swarzak has been a godsend for the Braves since being acquired from the Mariners in late May, having allowed only one run and eight hits in 17.1 innings, striking out 21. He current has a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings. The Braves bullpen still has some issues, but before his arrival it was a train wreck. He has served as a stabilizing force over the past month and his loss will likely be felt.