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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.

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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.

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Swisher (knee) added sliding to his rehab program Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Swisher continues to progress in his return from double knee surgery, and at this point it's very unlikely he's ready to go for Opening Day. However, he appears close to returning to game action, and he could see time in a minor league game Thursday or over the weekend.

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Swisher won't be ready for Opening Day, The Plain Dealer reports.

Swisher is still in the process of recovering from double knee surgery in the offseason and ran the bases for the first time without braces Monday, and later took part in a minor league intrasquad game. He's expected to run the bases aggressively again Tuesday before playing in a minor league game Wednesday or Thursday. When healthy, he's expected to serve as the team's right fielder in 2015.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 7 Days

Swisher (knee) said Sunday's baserunning workout went great, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

This was the first time he has ran the bases without his knee braces since the double knee surgery, which has to be considered a big step. He is still in the recovery process, but should get some work in minor league games in the near future.

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Swisher (knee) will run the bases again Sunday and could be cleared for action for minor league games next week, MLB.com reports.

Swisher felt good Saturday after running the bases for the first time Friday. Expect him to see most of his action early on in minor league games as he works his way back to full health.

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Swisher (knee) hopes to run the bases again Friday after having his workout washed out due to rain Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Swisher has responded well in the two subsequent days since first running the bases Tuesday but remains very doubtful for Opening Day as he works his way back from knee surgery.

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Swisher (knee) felt "good, not great" after running the bases for the first time this spring Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Swisher is going to need to make rapid progress if he wants to be ready for Opening Day given his current status. A lot will depend on how much progress he can make over the remainder of this week.

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Swisher (knees) is scheduled to run the bases for the first time this spring on Tuesday, mlb.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

This is one of the bigger steps in the rehab process, but with Swisher still at least a few days away from playing in games, he's unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. He did recently get some at-bats in a simulated game, and he's been taking batting practice since the end of February.

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Swisher (knee) had four at-bats in a simulated game Thursday but still hasn't appeared in a game this spring, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Swisher's availability for Opening Day is very much in doubt given his current progress and the Indians have been adamant that they won't rush him back just to meet that deadline. He'll need to ramp up quickly if he wants to be ready for the season opener.