Updates from Thursday, June 12
MLB Roster Moves confirmed Nick Swisher's return from the disabled list:
The @Indians activate INF Nick Swisher from 15-day DL; place DH Jason Giambi on 15-day DL with left knee inflammation.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) June 12, 2014
The Indians later announced Swisher's inclusion in the starting lineup:
Tonight's #Tribe lineup: Bourn-CF Cabrera-SS Brantley-LF Kipnis-2B Santana-1B Raburn-RF Swisher-DH Gomes-C Aviles-3B Tomlin-RHP— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 12, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 8
Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com has the latest on Swisher:
Nick Swisher took batting practice on the field Friday and ran the bases Saturday morning. He'll return to Cleveland on Sunday to prepare for a two-game rehab assignment with Class AA Akron on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Everything is on track," said Swisher, who went on the DL with a hyper-extended left knee on May 27. "I'm a hyper guy, so it was nice to get out and move around a little bit the last two days."
If all goes well, Swisher could join the Indians on Thursday in Boston when the open a four-game series against the Red Sox.
"I'm excited to get back with the guys," said Swisher. "This is an exciting time of year. We're really making a push and I want to be in there with these guys."
Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is one of the most durable players in the game, but the veteran suffered a left knee injury and will go on the 15-day disabled list as a result.
The Indians' official Twitter account reported the news on Tuesday afternoon:
#Indians roster moves (1/2): INF Nick Swisher on 15-day DL w/left knee hyperextension, C Carlos Santana on 7-day Concussion List— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 27, 2014
Cleveland also called up a player to take Swisher's place on the roster, per the team's account:
(2/2): INF Jesus Aguilar recalled from AAA Columbus/C George Kottaras contract selected from AAA Columbus; RHP Blake Wood DFA'd— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 27, 2014
Swisher, 33, is currently mired in an underwhelming season thus far, hitting just .211 with three home runs and a .319 on-base percentage.
While he hasn't gotten off to a great start, he has normally been a reliable player throughout his career, as Joe Reedy of Fox Sports Ohio notes:
First DL stint for Swisher since May of 2005 #Indians— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) May 27, 2014
Reedy also notes the team's lineup for Tuesday night with Jesus Aguilar plugged into Swisher's spot:
Today's #Indians lineup: Bourn-CF Cabrera-SS Brantley-LF Raburn-DH Gomes-C Aguilar-1B Murphy-RF Aviles-3B Sellers-2B— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) May 27, 2014
Can the Indians still make the playoffs after a slow start?
Swisher spoke about his status in recent games and discussed his desire to fight through his lingering ailments, per Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com:
"If it's not one thing, it's another," Swisher said. "I just know that it didn't feel good. These guys are out there fighting. I want to be out there fighting with the guys. Everybody is banged up right now."
Despite Swisher's struggles, he has still been a veteran leader for the Indians over the last two seasons. With his bat out of the lineup, Cleveland will have to finish the series with the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies with Aguilar in his place.
The Indians currently sit at 24-28 after winning five out of their last eight games, but will need the offense to continue producing to contend with their upcoming opponents. As Swisher recovers from the injury, the team will certainly need someone else to step up at the plate in his place.
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