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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%: 9/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Indians' Nick Swisher totals three hits in first rehab game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher (knees) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Friday. Swisher had a pretty good game, going 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI. He also struck out twice.

Swisher is expected to stay with Columbus through the weekend before the Indians re-evaluated his status early next week.


Report: Indians OF/DH Nick Swisher could return soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The return to the Indians of outfielder/designated hitter Nick Swisher could be getting close, per MLB.com. He will work out with the Indians and meet with team officials Monday to determine the next step following a rehab stint at Triple-A Columbus this weekend.

Swisher, who had offseason surgeries in both knees, has been a disappointment since joining the club in 2013. He hasn't played since Aug. 9.


Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher to start Triple-A rehab Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The rehab schedule is set for Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, who has been sidelined all year after undergoing offseason surgery on both knees.

Swisher, who has been a disappointment since signing a free agent contract two years ago, will report to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday and play Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has reported. He had some at-bats late in the exhibition season, but it remains to be seen how many more he will need to return to the Indians.


Indians' Nick Swisher, Zach Walters to start minor league rehab this week


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher and left fielder Zach Walters are both expected to start minor league injury rehab assignments this week, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Swisher started the season on the 15-day disabled list after having surgery on both knees. Walters is on the 15-day DL for an oblique injury. 

Swisher and Walters will both play for Triple-A Columbus on injury rehab. Walters will begin his rehab assignment Wednesday


Indians' Zach Walters (oblique), Nick Swisher (knee) close to rehab action


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Indians infielder Zach Walters (oblique) and first baseman Nick Swisher (knee) are close to being cleared to begin rehab assignments, reports MLB.com.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Walters could begin rehabbing in the next few days while Swisher is right behind him.

Indians' Nick Swisher may start minor league rehab next week


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher could be close to a minor league rehab assignment. 

Swisher is returning from surgery on both knees. He's been playing four and five innings at a time in extended spring training. 

"He's been rehabbing well," said GM Chris Antonetti, per Cleveland.com. "It's still not clear when (he'll be back). A lot of it is based on how well he responds, but we've been encouraged so far."

He could start a rehab assignment potentially sometime as early as next week," Antonetti said. "It doesn't mean he's that close. He still has to work through playing back-to-back nine-inning games, playing in the outfield and seeing how he recovers."


Indians' Nick Swisher swinging well, playing outfield


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher has been swinging the bat well in Arizona and has seen some time in the outfield, MLB.com reports.

Swisher opened the season on the 15-day disabled list and is continuing to recover from last August's double knee surgery. He remains without a specific timetable for return.


Indians' Nick Swisher to resume rehab in Arizona


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) After spending Opening Day with his Indians teammates in Houston, Nick Swisher will travel back to Arizona to resume rehabbing his two surgically repaired knees. 

Swisher made the trip for Monday's Opening Day game against the Astros. However, it's back to the grind of making sure his knees are in good shape for his eventual return to the baseball diamond. 

"He's doing pretty well," Indians manager Terry Francona said, via MLB.com. "He's done a really good job of being so consistent on everything we've asked him to do."

Swisher is on the 15-day DL though no timetable has been established for his return. Francona wanted Swisher to be with the team for Opening Day, hence why he was present. 

"I thought it would be meaningful to him," Francona said. "I just thought that he's been working on that agility field pretty much more than anything, and he hasn't been around the guys all that much. I just thought that it would be meaningful to him and, I think after talking to him, it was."


Indians send four to DL, including Nick Swisher, Gavin Floyd


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Indians set their Opening Day roster by sending four players to the disabled list. 

RHP Gavin Floyd was sent to the 60-day disabled list. Floyd was coming back from a stress fracture of his elbow and reinjured himself in spring training.

Infielder Zach Walters (oblique), outfielder Nick Swisher (knees) and RHP Josh Tomlin (shoulder) were all placed on the 15-day disabled list. 


Indians first baseman Nick Swisher goes 2 for 3 in spring debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 Wednesday in his first action since undergoing surgery on both knees this offseason, reports MLB.com.

"All I really wanted to do was go out there and have some fun again, man," Swisher said. "I feel like it's been Groundhog's Day for me. It's like the same thing every day. So, to be able to come out here and actually be able to compete at this level was great. It raised my spirits a little bit, for sure."

Manager Terry Francona was happy to get Swisher back in the lineup.

"I think it was really good to get him in a game," Francona said. "I think it was really good for him -- whether he got hits or not. It was nice to see him get on base a couple times. I think it's helpful to him. I think it probably gave him another little push in the right direction. I think he had fun and it makes it feel a little bit closer to the finish line."

He remains without a timetable to return for the regular season.

"I wish I could give you a timetable. I wish I could give you a day," Swisher said. "I'm just going to come back when I feel healthy. Do I feel like I could go and DH for this team and contribute right now? Sure, but that's not all I want to do. I want to make sure I'm able to go to the outfield. I want to make sure I'm able to go to first base and make sure all my movements are fluid and smooth."


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.