Anthony Swarzak leans over after giving up a two-run home run to Ian Kinsler in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees host the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. 6/12/16 Bronx.
By Ryan Hatch
NEW YORK — The Yankees placed right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon with what they’re calling right rotator cuff inflammation.
To replace him on the 25-man roster New York brought up righty Ben Heller from Triple-A.
Swarzak, who was called up to the Yankees in early June, has struggled of late. After holding opposing batters to a .194 average through his first 13 big league games this summer, Swarzak has a 9.00 ERA in his last 11.0 innings that dates to July 23. The seven-year big league vet allowed a huge three-run home run Monday night in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners that cost the Yankees the game. With under six weeks left in the season, Swarzak may have thrown his last pitch of the year for New York.
Heller, 25, hasn’t yet pitched in the big leagues. He was brought to the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians in the Andrew Miller trade last month and since pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders he has a 1.42 ERA in six relief appearances.
Here’s more about Heller from the Yankees at the time of the trade:
Heller, 24, is 3-2 with 12 saves in 13 chances and a 1.73 ERA (41.2IP, 23H, 8ER, 12BB, 48K, 2HR) in 43 relief appearances this season at Triple-A Columbus (28G) and Double-A Akron (15G), holding batters to a combined .159 batting average with a 0.84 WHIP. He began the season ranked by Baseball America as having the “Best Fastball” in the Indians organization.
The Wisconsin native was drafted by Cleveland in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). In 150 games (including one start) over four minor league seasons, Heller has a 9-8 record with 31saves and a 2.77 ERA (172.1IP, 53ER, 69BB, 6HR), having allowed just 122H while recording 226K with a .193 opponents batting average.