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Nick Swisher | First Baseman

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
College: Ohio State
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Swisher (knees) could begin a rehab assignment early next week.
Working his way back from arthroscopic surgery on both knees, Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training since last week. It's not clear how many rehab games he'd need. "He could start a rehab assignment potentially sometime as early as next week," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. "It doesn't mean he's that close (to playing for the Indians). He still has to work through playing back-to-back nine-inning games, playing in the outfield and seeing how he recovers." Apr 14 - 8:40 PM

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Nick Swisher (knees) has played some in the outfield recently in extended spring training.

The Tribe wants to have him available as a corner outfield option even though he's coming off of dual knee surgeries. Swisher is coming along in his recovery but there's no timetable for his return.
Apr 12 - 11:37 AM

Indians placed 1B/OF Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list with left and right knee injuries.

Swisher has made strides in his recovery from surgery on both knees but just isn't ready yet. He shouldn't miss more than the first few weeks of the season, though.
Apr 5 - 1:50 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's Cactus League loss to the Giants.

In his first Cactus League action of spring, Swisher came out swinging. The first baseman had an RBI single in the fourth inning off postseason hero Madison Bumgarner, a tough first assignment for Swisher. He'll still likely start the year on the disabled list -- Swisher served as the designated hitter Wednesday -- but shouldn't require too much time to get up to speed.
Apr 1 - 7:15 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) played in a minor league game Thursday.

He was cleared after testing out his surgically-repaired knees with some sliding drills prior to the game. "He slid on the mat," said Indians manager Terry 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." Swisher has made nice progress recently but will begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 27 - 10:48 AM

Nick Swisher (knees) told reporters Monday that his base-running workout Sunday "went great."

Swisher ran the bases for the first time without wearing any braces. He is recovering from surgery on both of his knees and is expected to open the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list. When he's activated, he'll DH and play some right field.
Mar 23 - 12:14 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) will primarily play outfield or serve as the team's designated hitter when he returns.

Swisher has been a first baseman for the majority of his time with the Indians, but the thinking is that the position would be too hard on his surgically repaired knees. The 34-year-old ran the bases Friday and will run the bases Sunday without knee braces. He's making progress, but Swisher will still likely open the year on the disabled list.
Mar 22 - 10:16 AM

Nick Swisher (knees) said he "felt good, not great" while running the bases Tuesday for the first time this spring training.

Swisher noted that he was fine "once I got going," but "decelerating has always been an issue." Indians manager Terry Francona wasn’t ready to say when Swisher would be cleared for game action. "It's a big step, but after that you have to go to live stuff," said Francona. "All the things he's doing know, he knows what direction he's going." Swisher is making some progress slowly but surely, but the odds at this point of him being ready for Opening Day appear to be long.
Mar 17 - 11:01 PM

Nick Swisher (knee) is scheduled to run the bases Tuesday for the first time this spring.

It's an important day for Swisher, who is working his way back from last August's season-ending debridement surgeries on both of his knees. He's making progress, but Opening Day could be pushing it. The Indians are likely looking at a combination of Brandon Moss, David Murphy, and Ryan Raburn between right field and the DH spot.
Mar 17 - 1:24 PM

Nick Swisher (knee) said Sunday that there is still no timetable for his return to the Indians lineup.

The 34-year-old is recovering from last August's season-ending debridement surgeries on both of his knees. Swisher remains optimistic, noting "For me it's trying not to get frustrated with it," he said. "But I'm getting better every day. That's my goal - to continue to keep getting better every single day." His goal remains to be ready for Opening Day, but it's not looking likely at this point.
Mar 8 - 9:28 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona indicated on Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) is likely a couple weeks away from game action.

Brandon Moss (hip) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut in mid-March, and Francona noted that he "might be a little ahead" of Swisher. "I don't want those guys to feel like there's a deadline, because there's not," the skipper added. Swisher is coming back from surgery on both knees, and while he's been able to hit with no issues, he's not yet running at nearly 100 percent. The veteran should still have enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have setbacks.
Mar 2 - 6:35 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) has been cleared for full hitting.

Swisher underwent season-ending surgery on his both his knees last August. While he's still working through a running program, he hasn't had any setbacks during his rehab process. The 33-year-old is owed $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $17 million vesting option for 2017. The Indians would surely like to trade him, but he'll have to prove his health for anyone to consider the possibility.
Feb 17 - 11:42 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are considering trading Nick Swisher "for another player with an inflated contract."

Swisher has been banged up and largely unproductive in his two years in Cleveland, batting just .208/.278/.331 over 97 games in 2014 before having surgery on both knees in August. He's owed $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $17 million vesting option for 2017, so the Tribe will have to take on another contract in order to deal him.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 02:18:00 PM

Nick Swisher underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday afternoon on both of his knees.

The procedures were arthroscopic debridements, and come with an 8-10 week rehab timetable. Swisher is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training next season. He concludes the 2014 campaign with a career-worst .208/.278/.331 batting line.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Nick Swisher will receive a second opinion on his ailing right knee on Tuesday in Los Angeles from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Swisher was examined by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday, but the Indians have yet to release the resulted from that visits (which probably isn't a good sign). The 33-year-old has played through knee issues all season and the club is trying to figure out what the best course of action is. More will obviously be known after Tuesday's exam.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 02:42:00 PM

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C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Brett Hayes
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Jose Ramirez
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
2Ryan Raburn
3Jerry Sands
CF1Michael Bourn
RF1Brandon Moss
2Zach Walters
DH1Nick Swisher
2David Murphy
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S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4T.J. House
5Danny Salazar
6Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Nick Hagadone
6Anthony Swarzak
7Zach McAllister
8Josh Tomlin