Offseason shenanigans can lead to injuries. Players have proven this throughout the history of baseball, and Anthony Swarzak is no exception. The Minnesota Twins will not have their 27-year old pitcher in camp for at least a month as he recovers from a fractured rib. The injury was apparently suffered at the Twins' fan fest.
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com had the early report of the injury.
Swarzak injured his ribs in a non-baseball activity on Jan. 25 and is expected to be out a month. #MNTwins
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 6, 2013
It was later confirmed that Swarzak had suffered a rib fracture and would miss about a month. The injury should not set him back too much in his preparation for the 2013 season, but it is disappointing. Swarzak needs all the time he can get in camp to get his career on track.
So far in his Major League career, Swarzak has a 5.03 ERA in 83 games-pitched. He has never developed into the player the Twins thought he would when he was drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft. Swarzak has three Major League seasons under his belt. His best year was in 2011 when he still posted a high 4.32 ERA.