Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 4 days ago

Swisher (knee) will start his rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday but could be looking at a prolonged rehab before rejoining the Indians, MLB.com reports. "I think what we've said all along is we want him to have the best chance of being healthy so he can come up and compete -- not hopefully get a hit and have to go 80 percent around the bases. That's not really helping anyone, especially as hard as he's worked. You want a guy to have a chance to go out there and be competitive, not just go from Point A to B," manager Terry Francona said.

Swisher's possible rehab stint is capped at 21 days but it sounds like he may be expected to utilize most of that time as he works his way back from double knee surgery. A return in early-to-mid May may be in the cards as a result depending on his progress.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 5 days ago

Swisher (knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus this week, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Swisher has been playing in extended spring training games and, if all goes well, could return to the big league team by the start of May. General Manager Chris Antonetti indicated that he'd like to see Swisher complete back-to-back nine-inning games in the field before reinstating him, so the 34-year-old's progress in the rehab assignment should dictate the next step.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 2 weeks ago

Swisher (knee) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as next week, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "He could start a rehab assignment potentially sometime as early as next week," said 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."

The Indians have been encouraged by his response to games in extended spring training but aren't going to rush him back. The pending rehab assignment figures to last five days at a minimum so a return closer to the first of May would appear to be a likely scenario.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 2 weeks ago

Swisher (knee) is playing games in extended spring training but hasn't started a rehab assignment yet, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Indians want Swisher to get in consecutive games in the outfield before rejoining the team so he'll need at least a couple of games in a rehab assignment. The Indians are banged up but don't expect them to rush Swisher back.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 3 weeks ago

Swisher (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, Joe Reedy of FOX Sports Ohio reports.

The move is merely procedural, as it's long been known that Swisher would start his season on the disabled list. He's been limited to minor-league games at spring training to allow for a backdated DL stint, with the Indians hoping to have Swisher available by mid-April.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 3 weeks ago

Swisher (knee) went 2-for-2 with a walk in a minor league game Friday.

Swisher could be limited to minor league action for the last couple of games this spring and will open the season on the DL but could return by the middle of April if things go well in his rehab.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 3 weeks ago

Swisher (knee), who will open the season on the 15-day DL, had a pair of hits in his first game action of the spring Wednesday, MLB.com reports. "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," Swisher said concerning a possible return date.

Swisher will be with the team for Opening Day before heading back to Arizona to resume his rehab but a return date still isn't known. The Indians want him to appear in back-to-back games in the outfield as part of his final rehab hurdle before coming off the DL.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 4 weeks ago

Swisher (knee) is expected to see his first action of the spring as the DH on Wednesday but will still start the season on the 15-day DL, MLB.com reports.

The Indians know that Swisher's DL stint won't be impacted by his appearances in exhibition games as he's expected to need more than 10 days at the start of the regular season so there's little reason to hold him back now if he feels ready.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 4 weeks ago

Swisher (knee) increased the intensity of his running in a minor league game Friday but is expected to open the season on the DL, MLB.com reports.

Swisher is set to work out with the team Sunday but his next game appearance looks like it may wait until next week.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 1 month ago

Swisher (knee) played in a minor league game Thursday, Cleveland.com reports.

Swisher took two important steps over the last few days, as he completed some sliding drills Wednesday and Thursday. He's still unlikely to be ready by Opening Day, but a debut in early-to-mid April should be in play.