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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%: 11/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Indians' Nick Swisher will serve as DH vs. Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher will serve as a designated hitter Wednesday in Scottsdale against the Giants, according to FOX Sports Ohio.

Swisher, who is working back from double-knee surgery, is tentatively scheduled to start the season on the disabled list. He will accompany the team to Houston for the season opener before he returns to Arizona for extended spring training.


Indians' impressed by Nick Swisher's minor-league appearance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Nick Swisher, who is working back from double-knee surgery, took "a good first step" in Friday's minor-league game, according to MLB.com.

"He had a base hit and ran through a stop sign at third, because he wanted to see how it felt," Francona said. "He got thrown out at the plate, but it's a good first step for him. Usually, the way it's been with Swish is, every time he's tried to do something, the next time he does it, he does it better."

Swisher, who is expected to land on the disabled list at the start of the season, will meet with a medical staff in the near future to map out a plan for the upcoming weeks.


Nick Swisher will play in minor-league game on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters that outfielder Nick Swisher didn't play in a minor-league game on Thursday because he felt general fatigue in his legs, according to MLB.com. The issue was unrelated to his knees. Swisher will instead play in a minor-league game on Friday.

Indians OF Nick Swisher tests injured knees in minor-league game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher took part in sliding drills to test his injured knees before playing in a minor-league game on Thursday, according to the Plain Dealer.

"He slid on the mat," said Francona. "He needed to do that. You can't let a guy get in a game without being able to slide because you never know what can happen."


Indians' Nick Swisher working on outfield drills Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher was able to participate in outfield drills Tuesday, but will have his baserunning workout pushed back to Wednesday, manager Terry Francona said according to MLB.com.

Swisher, who is not expected to be ready for Opening Day while recovering from surgery on both knees, has yet to play in a spring training game. He has continued to intensify his workout regimen to be ready for Opening Day.

"We just reiterated that, 'Hey, Opening Day is not the final deadline,'" Francona said. "We certainly want him to be the best he can be, and the sooner the better, but we don't want to have artificial deadlines. We just wanted to reiterate that to him. He understands."


Indians' Francona: Nick Swisher likely won't be ready by Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Indians outfielder/DH Nick Swisher said his baserunning workout Sunday "went great," per MLB.com. It was the first time Swisher, who is coming off surgeries to both knees, ran without braces.

While Swisher sounded upbeat about his progress, manager Terry Francona is taking a more cautious approach with the veteran outfielder. Francona said Monday it's "probably a little bit of a reach" to expect Swisher to be ready by Opening Day.

Francona added Swisher will increase the intensity of his baserunning workout Tuesday and he is scheduled to DH in a minor-league game Wednesday.


Indians' Nick Swisher (knee) unlikely to play first base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher will likely play in the outfield and serve as a designated hitter when healthy, as playing first base has been deemed to put too much stress on his surgically-repaired knees, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

"By his own admission, I think he thought first base would be best on his legs," manager Terry Francona said. "But the starting and stopping was a little harder than he thought. ... The one thing we told Swish is that we want him to prepare like a position player because that makes our team better. He understands that."

Swisher is scheduled to run the bases without knee braces Sunday. He's been wearing braces on both knees during workouts since the start of camp.

"I've been wearing them since September," said Swisher. "You get dressed, you put them on, it's just part of the deal."

Swisher could start seeing minor-league action during the upcoming week, but he is expected to open the season on the disabled list.


Indians' Nick Swisher adds outfield drills to base running in rehab


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Indians' first baseman Nick Swisher has added another baseball activity to his comeback from surgery on both knees last August. 

Swisher has been running the bases. On Friday, he added outfield drills to his rehab routine, per MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

Swisher will take another step forward on Sunday, when he runs the bases without wearing knee braces. 


Indians OF Nick Swisher could miss opening day, not crushed


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) There is a possibility that Indians outfielder Nick Swisher may not be ready to start on opening day, according to cleveland.com. But he is not letting that bother him.

"Obviously, my goal is to be ready for opening day," said Swisher. "Sure I want to be ready to go then. But if I'm not, it's not going crush me. Like it would have four months ago.

"Right now, my entire body is getting stronger, which is great. In general we're just going to wait it out, see how we feel and move on from there. Obviously we're very optimistic, but we just have to play it out."

Swisher just began running bases on Wednesday, and he spoke about the importance of being at 100 percent going forward after having surgery on both knees on August 20th.

"I've had the itch to play, but I'm not going to do what I did last year," he said. "I played through so much pain last year and it just didn't work. So I'm going to make sure everything is as close to 100 percent as we can get until we're back out there."


Indians' Nick Swisher (knees) to run bases Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher (knees) is scheduled to run the bases Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

"It's a big step," manager Terry Francona said.

Swisher is working his way back from surgeries on both knees. He took some swings during a simulated game Thursday, but Tuesday's baserunning marks another milestone in his recovery.


Nick Swisher takes swings during simulated game for Indians


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher got to swing a bat, taking another step back in his recovery from two knee surgeries. 

Swisher took swings during simulated games on Thursday, taking cuts against live pitching for the first time this spring. 

Swisher had four at bats, against pitcher Corey Kluber, Marc Rzepczynski and Kyle Crockett. He ran up the first base line one time.

"I was like, 'Just let me stand in there. Let me at least be part of something,'" Swisher told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. "I feel like when you get injured and you have surgery, you don't necessarily feel like you're part of something, just because your timing is off with everyone else's timing." 

"I don't know if 10 days ago he could've really thought about doing that," manager Terry Francona said. "He's making progress -- that's the whole idea."


Indians have no timetable for Nick Swisher's return


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher has begun changing directions while running, a milestone in his recovery from August surgery on both knees. 

"I'm getting better every day," Swisher told Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "That's my goal - to continue to keep getting better every single day."

Despite that, there's no timetable for when Swisher will return to the Indians' lineup. 

"I don't know that anybody knows, Swish included, because he has to clear hurdles, then he has to repeat it," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Then we have to see how he handles the constant day-to-day stuff. It would be great to have everyone out there, but I don't think it makes much sense to push a guy when he had both knees done. Let's let him feel good about himself. That's was the reason he got it done."


Francona provides updates on Brantley, Kipnis, Moss, Swisher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday outfielder Michael Brantley (back) will likely make his spring debut Thursday against the Reds, per MLB.com. He added second baseman Jason Kipnis (hand) might not be far behind.

Francona also said Brandon Moss (hip) might be slightly ahead of a mid-March estimate to make his spring debut. However, the mid-March timetable for Nick Swisher (knees) hasn't changed.


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.