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Nick Swisher | Designated Hitter

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
College: Ohio State
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Nick Swisher (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Lake County on Monday.
He'll serve as the designated hitter on Monday before eventually working in at some positions. Swisher has been out since mid-June due to inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll require, and he's probably not going to be an everyday player upon his activation. Jul 19 - 9:02 AM

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Nick Swisher (knee) is on track to begin a rehab assignment just after the All-Star break.

Swisher ran on the field prior to Saturday's game as he works his way back from inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee. He's already missed nearly a month and it's unclear how many rehab games he'll require.
Jul 5 - 9:13 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Nick Swisher (knee) is improving, noting that the veteran is "moving around pretty well."

There's still no timetable for Swisher's return from inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee, but he's resumed a variety of baseball activities and hasn't had a setback. "He's moving around pretty well," Francona said. "Again, we'll see where this takes him this week. And there's always that fine line where you give a guy a little break and he came back and looks good, and as you start to increase the volume, does it get better? Does it even off? Does it get worse? But he's doing a good job right now."
Jun 24 - 12:57 PM

There remains no timetable for Nick Swisher's (knee) return.

Swisher is feeling better after getting a cortisone shot in his inflamed left knee on Monday, but he's yet to resume baseball activities. He was hitting just .198 before going on the disabled list, so the Indians will give him plenty of time to heal. "When it happens, it's going to happen," Swisher said of his return.
Jun 19 - 9:23 AM

Indians placed DH Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 13, with left knee inflammation.

Swisher had surgery on both knees last August and just hasn't looked right since returning, batting only .198/.261/.297. He had an injection in his left knee last week and will receive another one this week before hopefully resuming baseball activities.
Jun 14 - 10:33 AM

Nick Swisher's struggles continued in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going hitless in three at-bats.

He's now hitting an anemic .198/.261/.297 with a 24/8 K/BB ratio in 98 at-bats. It's starting to look like this could be the beginning of the end for the aging slugger, and he makes for an easy drop in all fantasy formats.
Jun 12 - 9:37 PM

Nick Swisher went 2-for-5 and hit his first homer Thursday against the White Sox.

Swisher is hitting .250 with three doubles and four RBI in 52 at-bats since coming off the disabled list earlier this month. The Indians really want him to turn out to be an adequate DH, but the early results aren't particularly promising. They can't afford to be as patient with him as they were last year.
May 21 - 11:16 PM

Nick Swisher went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored, and a walk in Friday's 8-3 win over the Rangers.

Swisher, who missed the first month of the season while rehabbing from dual knee surgeries, was without an RBI through his first eight games coming into Friday's action. However, he got on the board with an RBI double in the first inning and put the Indians ahead for good in the fifth with a two-run single. The 34-year-old struggled last season and those in deeper mixed fantasy leagues can likely afford to wait and see on him.
May 16 - 12:41 AM

Indians activated 1B/OF Nick Swisher from the 15-day disabled list.

Swisher is starting at DH and batting sixth for the Tribe in his 2015 regular-season debut Tuesday night against the Royals. He missed the first month of the season while rehabbing dual knee surgeries. The 34-year-old only has fringe value in standard mixed fantasy leagues after batting .208/.278/.331 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games last summer.
May 5 - 4:32 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Nick Swisher (knees) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Tyler Holt will be optioned to Triple-A Columbus to open a spot on the Indians' 25-man roster. Swisher missed all of April while rehabbing from dual knee surgeries. He batted just .208/.278/.331 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games last season for the Indians and the 34-year-old seems doubtful to carry significant value this summer in standard fantasy leagues.
May 4 - 2:38 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) will travel to Rochester with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.

The plan calls for Swisher get consecutive days in the outfield by the weekend and then possibly join the Indians early next week. The veteran outfielder is making his way back from surgery on both of his knees. He's probably not going to be a great fantasy asset when healthy.
Apr 27 - 3:53 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

Swisher will play another on Saturday before the Indians determine when he'll be able to return to the active roster. He's expected to serve as the Indians everyday right fielder upon his return.
Apr 25 - 12:14 AM

Nick Swisher (knees) will be re-evaluated by the Indians on Monday after playing two rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.

Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list at that point. Swisher will play right field once back with the Tribe, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees.
Apr 24 - 5:31 PM

Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

It's not clear at this point how many games Swisher will need before the Indians activate him, but he's already played in a bunch of extended spring training contests. Swisher will play right field for the Tribe once he's back with the big club.
Apr 21 - 6:20 PM

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

Also noteworthy is that Swisher will return to the Tribe as a right fielder, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training for a couple weeks, so he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the month seems possible.
Apr 20 - 6:46 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Mike Aviles
3B1Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Michael Bourn
2Tyler Holt
RF1Ryan Raburn
2Jerry Sands
DH1Nick Swisher
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Danny Salazar
5Cody Anderson
6Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Austin Adams
4Zach McAllister
5Ryan Webb
6Michael Roth
7Jeff Manship
8Nick Hagadone