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Swisher (knee) may profile as the Indians' starting right fielder in 2015, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

With the offseason addition of Brandon Moss, there are some lineup issues to sort out in Cleveland. It sounds like manager Terry Francona does not necessarily view Swisher as the primary designated hitter, and Swisher thinks playing right field would be easier on his knees than playing first base. With Moss coming off hip surgery, it sounds like Moss will be the primary DH, with Carlos Santana handling the bulk of the first base duties, and Swisher playing right field as long as his body and performance hold up. Last season was a complete disaster for Swisher, as he slashed just .208/.278/.331 with eight home runs in 401 plate appearances, which is completely unacceptable from a player who is also a defensive liability. All told, he ended up having a negative 1.6 WAR in 2014, but just a year before he was able to post a 2.3 WAR, hitting 20-plus home runs for the ninth straight season. If he can come into camp with healthy knees, there is a chance that he could regain some of his past offensive utility, and the Indians will certainly give him that chance, as he still has two years and $30 million remaining on his contract. His disastrous 2014 campaign will mean that he costs nothing on draft day this season, but the questions surrounding the health of his knees make him a risky proposition entering his age-34 season.

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Swisher (knees) rejoined his teammates Wednesday, and he expects to be ready for the start of spring training in February, the Associated Press reports.

The issues with both knees undoubtedly had an impact on Swisher's performance, as he tried to play through the pain and amassed a career-worst .208/.278/.331 line with just eight homers in 360 at-bats. He'll look to bounce back in Year 3 of a four-year, $56 million pact signed with Cleveland prior to the 2013 campaign.

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Swisher will undergo season-ending surgery on both knees Wednesday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

He will need 8-to-10 weeks to recover, and should be at full strength in time for spring training. This was perhaps Swisher's worst season in the big leagues, hitting just .208 with eight home runs and a career-worst .608 OPS. He'll likely go undrafted in standard leagues next year, and will probably be given just a part-time role going forward.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 4 Months

The Indians will provide a further update on Swisher's (knee) status Wednesday following an examination Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Swisher has struggled all season, hitting just .208 with eight homers, and has been on the DL twice with a knee injury.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 4 Months

Swisher (knee) will travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday to seek another opinion on his right knee, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Swisher, who hit the DL over the weekend, underwent an MRI on Monday and will seek a second opinion from the Dodgers' team doctor. He's been hampered by knee issues for much of the season, and it's possible surgery is in his future. On the season, Swisher is hitting .208/.278/.331 with 42 RBI in 360 at-bats.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 4 Months

Swisher (knee) and the Indians will seek further opinions on the injury before deciding on the next course of action, MLB.com reports. "With the ballclub's help and urging, he's going to get another opinion and we're trying to align that right now. When we have information that's solid -- and when and where and all that -- we will give it to you guys. I think they're in the process of trying to do that right now," manager Terry Francona said.

Swisher's been dealing with a couple of knee ailments for most of the season so may decide to just go under the knife and get it behind him though nothing is official yet. Expect the Indians to announce their next steps in the coming days.

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Swisher (knee) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, but manager Terry Francona doesn't believe it's a season-ending injury. "I don't think so," Francona said. "I think it's going to be something he's going to have to manage. And, when he feels good, he's going to have to continue to manage it. As you start to get, whether it's arthritic changes or with some wear and tear, he's going to have to take care of it. He's never had to deal with that before."

Despite Francona's sentiment, there's very little incentive for the Indians to hurry Swisher back. It would take a massive rally on their behalf and a collapse by the Tigers and/or Royals for them to have a chance at the playoffs.

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Swisher (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Swisher left Saturday's game with a recurrence of a right knee issue that plagued him earlier in the season. It appears the injury will cause him to take a second stint on the disabled list. He and David Murphy were both injured Saturday and subsequently placed on the disabled list Sunday, and will be replaced on the active roster by Tyler Holt and Zach Walters.

Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 4 Months

Swisher left Saturday's game with a recurring right knee issue, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Swisher was on the disabled list in June because of a right knee problem and it appears it has shown up again. The extent to which his knee is bothering him hasn't been revealed yet, but it was bad enough for him to leave the game, and the team will likely shed some light on the situation in the coming days, but he seems an unlikely candidate for Sunday's game.

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Swisher (wrist) is back in the lineup Wednesday in Cincinnati, manning left field and batting sixth in the order.

The Indians are playing in a National League park without use of the DH, meaning Swisher's presence in the lineup is an encouraging sign after back-to-back absences due to right wrist soreness.