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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||530.00||20.00||.238||72.00||68.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|Knees - Out until at least mid-March|
|vs Tampa Bay||7||2||0|| .375|| .429|| .286|
|vs RHP||259||58||8|| .279|| .378|| .224|
|12/21/2014||Drew Stubbs, CF COL|
Tyler Flowers, C CHW
Joe Mauer, 1B MIN
David Ortiz, DH BOS
|Melvin Upton, CF ATL|
Nick Swisher, 1B CLE
Alen Hanson, SS PIT
Nick Williams, LF TEX
|12/20/2014||Jason Heyward, RF STL|
Masahiro Tanaka, SP NYY
Hanley Ramirez, SS BOS
Chris Carter, DH HOU
Joe Nathan, RP DET
|Andrew Cashner, SP SD|
Nick Swisher, 1B CLE
Miguel Cabrera, 1B DET
Drew Smyly, SP TB
|12/19/2014||Koji Uehara, RP BOS|
Eric Hosmer, 1B KC
Chris Davis, 1B BAL
|Nick Swisher, 1B CLE|
Xander Bogaerts, SS BOS
Angel Pagan, CF SF
|Last 10 Games|
Indians' Francona: Swisher 'swinging the bat really well'
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(2/26/15) Indians manager Terry Francona has been satisfied with Nick Swisher's performance during batting practice, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
"He's swinging the bat really well," Francona said. "He's under control and he probably has to be (because of his knees). But he's using the whole field. He really looks good."
Swisher has been working with the team's hitting coaches on trying to go up the middle more often. Francona said that strategy has already translated to his batting practice sessions.
Running still remains an issue for Swisher, however. He was able to do some drills on Thursday, but reportedly looked uncomfortable during the session. The club expects he'll be ready for games in mid-March.
Swisher, 34, hit .208/.278/.331 over 360 at-bats last year.
Indians' Nick Swisher looking at a mid-March return
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(2/19/15) Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher is looking at a mid-March return, according to MLB.com.
Swisher had surgery on both knees last August, but has no restrictions for hitting or throwing during camp. The club will gradually ramp up his running activities in the coming weeks. Swisher is hoping to start outfield drills in about two weeks. The club believes he'll be cleared for games by mid-March.
The 34-year-old Swisher hit .208/.278/.331 over 360 at-bats last year.
Indians' Swisher continues to progress in recovery from knee surgery
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/17/15) Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher said Tuesday he has been cleared for full hitting coming off knee surgery, per MLB.com. Swisher, who is also working through a running program, said he has suffered no setbacks and his checkups on the knee have gone well.
"It's been such a long time for me," Swisher said. "My excitement level, my passion and fire, it's back, man. I'm excited to just get going."
Swisher's name was mentioned in offseason trade rumors. However, he said general manager Chris Antonetti never called him, so Swisher took it as a sign the rumors did not have serious momentum.
"Chris and I have a great relationship," Swisher said. "It wasn't like there was a lot of stuff out there. It was offseason chatter, just like there is every offseason. This is a classy organization. Ever since I came over here, 'respect' is a big word in here. So I wasn't worried about that stuff. They would've called way ahead of anything."
Nick Swisher finds himself, ready for new season in Cleveland
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(1/23/15) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher knew Cleveland was shopping him during the offseason. While recovering from a knee injury that forced him to miss 65 games, Swisher was beached on the couch, reading the Internet, filled with rumors about him.
"When you're going through those tough times," Swisher said Thursday to cleveland.com, "the love and passion for the game start to go away a little bit and you have to find something inside yourself to bring all that back. Whatever it was, I found it and I have it again and I could not be more happy for that."
Swisher found the motivation he needed to get back in shape and lost 15 pounds. After trying to play through the knee injury, Swisher admitted he should have had the surgery much sooner.
"I tried to battle through and be a tough guy," Swisher said. "To go out and not perform the way that you want to is obviously very stressful."
He hit a career low in 2014, going for a .208 average with eight home runs and 42 RBI.
"This organization paid me a lot of money for me to come over here and be on the field," Swisher said. "Whether I was healthy, I wanted to be out there every single day. Maybe that was the right call. Maybe it wasn't."
|2014 summary: Nick Swisher was never really able to get going in his second season with the Indians, and knee injuries played a key role in a disappointing year. He served two stints on the disabled list and played in a total of 97 games, marking the first time since Swisher achieved rookie status in 2005 that he played in fewer than 130 games. His season was effectively ended in August when he underwent knee surgery. Swisher batted .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBI on the year.|
Playing time status: Swisher is expected to be ready for spring training and set to serve as the Indians' regular designated hitter. His ability to fill in at first base and in the outfield should mean a return to steady at-bats.
2015 outlook: Owners can reasonably expect Swisher to rebound with better health, but expectations should be tempered. His decline was already under way before last season, and even with a full season's worth of games, Swisher could struggle to reach 20 home runs or a .350 on-base percentage. Look to target him in the later rounds of standard mixed league drafts.
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