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33 Nick Swisher 1B
Height/Weight: 5-11/195 | Birthdate: 11/25/1980 | Birthplace: Columbus, OH | Bats/Throws: S/L | Team: Cleveland | College: Ohio State | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $11,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 20/4 | Average Draft Position: 366.25
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Indians' Francona: Swisher 'swinging the bat really well'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) 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
(2/19/2015) 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
(2/17/2015) 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
(1/23/2015) 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."


Indians' Francona: Right now, David Murphy is our right fielder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday outfielder David Murphy is penciled in as the starting right fielder since there are too many unknowns with Nick Swisher (knee) and Brandon Moss (hip) coming off surgeries.

"Right now, Murph's our right fielder," Francona said, per MLB.com.

Murphy started a team-high 109 games in right field for Cleveland in 2014. He hit .262 with eight home runs, 25 doubles and 58 RBI in 129 games.


Report: Indians' Nick Swisher not generating much trade interest


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) While the Indians have reportedly made first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher available in a trade, there hasn't been much interest, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. The Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss in a trade with the Athletics on Monday.

Swisher, who hit .208 in 97 games in 2014, is owed $30 million over the next two seasons. He also has a $14 million vesting option for 2017.


Report: Cubs have not inquired about Nick Swisher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Cubs have not inquired about trading for veteran Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, according to multiple reports. FOX Sports reported Tuesday the Indians might consider trading Swisher.

Report: Indians might swap inflated contracts to shed Swisher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Indians are exploring a wide range of options, including a trade of veteran Nick Swisher for another player with an inflated contract, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Swisher is due to make $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $14 million vesting option for 2017.

Other players with large contracts that are reportedly on the trading block include Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton and Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Rosenthal said those aren't necessarily the players of interest to the Indians, but it's part of the team's thinking as they look to shape the roster for 2015.


Indians optimistic about Nick Swisher bouncing back in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti talked Monday about how the team expects first baseman Nick Swisher, who finished the season on the disabled list due to problems with his knees, to bounce back next season.

"It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year," Antonetti said, per MLB.com. "Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to spring training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing."


Nick Swisher to miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher will miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery, according to WTAM.

Swisher will have surgery on both his knees. He hit the disabled list August 10, and received a second opinion on his knee recently. Swisher hit .208/.278/.331 over 360 at-bats.


Nick Swisher (knee) to receive second opinion Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is scheduled to get a second opinion on his injured right knee Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to MLB.com. Swisher was placed on the disabled list Sunday.

Knee lands Nick Swisher on DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Indians put outfielder Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list with right knee soreness. Swisher was removed from Saturday's win over the Yankees due to the issue. He had surgery on his right knee earlier this season.

Nick Swisher could be headed to DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher, who was replaced in the field late in Saturday's win over the Yankees, could be headed to the disabled list with recurring knee pain and soreness, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has already been on the DL once this year due to right knee surgery, and got shots in both knees while he was on the DL.

"His right knee was barking," manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's game.

Swisher failed to score from second on a double in the seventh inning.


Knee soreness an issue again for Nick Swisher


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher was replaced in the field late in Saturday's game against the Yankees, due to soreness in his knee.   

According to MLB.com, Swisher is dealing with recurring pain in his right knee, an issue he has dealt with at various points this season. How it affects his availability moving forward is not yet known, but he could sit out Sunday's series finale as a result. 


Yan Gomes rises, Nick Swisher falls in Cleveland lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Indians have finally elevated sizzling catcher Yan Gomes ahead of struggling Nick Swisher in their lineup. Gomes is batting fifth Thursday night against right-hander Homer Bailey with Swisher moving down to the seventh spot.

Gomes owns a 12-game hitting streak and has three home runs and 10 RBI in his last nine games to sweeten his stat line to .286/.326/.489. He has raised his average 28 points since July 12.

Swisher has eight hits in his last 46 at-bats and is batting .209 on the season.


Nick Swisher returns to play left for first time in five years


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Nick Swisher has returned to the Indians lineup for the game Wednesday in Cincinnati. He is set to play left field for the first time since Sept. 1, 2009.

Swisher has been out since Sunday with a wrist issue. He hit safely in six of seven games before going down, but has compiled a disappointing stat line this season of .212/.283/.339.


Wrist keeps Nick Swisher out again Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is out of the lineup yet again Tuesday against the Reds, his second game in a row due to a wrist injury.

Swisher left Sunday's game as a result of the injury, and is unlikely to be back in time for Wednesday's game either, according to MLB.com. He could be available as a pinch-hitter off the bench, however. 


Nick Swisher held out of lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher was left out of the starting lineup Monday against the Reds after leaving Sunday's game due to wrist soreness. He is considered day to day.

"Hopefully, I'm back in there (Tuesday), but if we need to take a couple days off, we'll do that," he said, per MLB.com.


Nick Swisher leaves game Sunday due to right wrist soreness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher left Sunday's game against the Rangers due to right wrist soreness, per FOX Sports Ohio. Swisher was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts before leaving Sunday's game.

Nick Swisher drives in three in late rally


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher put together a big performance in the first game after the All-Star break, in a 9-3 win over the Tigers.

Swisher went 2 for 5 in the game, and he got the scoring started for the Indians with a two-run single in the seventh inning. He added an RBI double in the ninth as well, as he drove in three runs and scored 1 in the win.

This has been a season to forget for Swisher, who is hitting just .211/.290/.352 overall, but he is finding his swing recently. In the month of July, Swisher has three home runs and 14 RBI, while hitting .300/.327/.520 in 50 at-bats. 


Nick Swisher goes deep in victory


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher extended his modest hitting streak to seven games Friday, in a 7-4 win over the White Sox.

Swisher hit his third home run in five games as well Friday, as clubbed a two-run home run in the fifth inning to win the game. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two drive in during the win.

Swisher is hitting .310 with three home runs and seven RBI during his seven-game hitting streak, raising his average to .207.  


Nick Swisher knocks two-run home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 5-3 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

Swisher has smacked home runs in back-to-back games, and he's managed to pick up a hit in four straight games despite continuing to have issues with making contact (two strikeouts Tuesday). Swisher owns a .198/.286/.339 line with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 257 at-bats.


Nick Swisher slugs sixth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-3 loss to the Yankees Monday.

Swisher gave his team its first run of the game in the fifth inning, but the Indians were still down 5-1 after the home run and couldn't put together a rally. It was Swisher's first home run since June 19 and his sixth of the season. He has hit .198/.286/.328 with 30 RBI in 253 at-bats.


Nick Swisher doubles, singles to emerge from slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Indians embattled first baseman Nick Swisher dropped another easy throw for his eighth error of the season Tuesday night, but he did break from a horrific slump with a two-run double and single in a lopsided defeat of the Dodgers.

Most encouraging is that Swisher slammed the double to the opposite field and the single up the middle. He had been pull-happy all season, a malady that has placed his batting average under the Mendoza Line.


Nick Swisher seeking to stop struggles in Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) The return of the Indians to an American League park Friday will result in designated hitter Nick Swisher rejoining to the lineup. The team is set to play Seattle in a three-game series.

That's bad news is Swisher can't shake a slump that has plagued him all season and has been particularly nasty since he returned from the disabled list on June 12. He is 5 for 39 with 19 strikeouts during that stretch despite two game-winning homers.

Swisher, who is in the second year of a four-year contract that will pay him $56 million, owns a disturbing stat line of .196/.284/.326 on the season. His strikeout pace is far beyond anything he has previously experienced. Swisher has fanned 68 times in 224 at-bats.