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Swisher (knee) was able to take live batting practice Saturday for the first time since he underwent knee surgery last August, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Indians are hopeful that Swisher will be ready for exhibition games by the middle of March with an eye towards towards being ready for Opening Day but won't hesitate to back off that plan if necessary.
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Swisher (knee) participated in some restricted running activities Thursday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Swisher has been able to take regular batting practice but has remained limited on what running he can do thanks to offseason knee surgery. The Indians remain hopeful he'll be ready for games by mid-March.
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Swisher (knee) will enter camp unrestricted with hitting and throwing, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.Swisher is on a structured running and workout program, and he's scheduled to begin outfield and baserunning work in roughly two weeks. Barring a setback, he'll resume game activity in the middle of next month. Swisher projects to serve primarily as a DH and right fielder this season, but he could also see time at first base.
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Swisher (knee) has been cleared for full hitting, and he is still going through a running program, mlb.com's Jordan Bastian reports.Swisher underwent surgery on both knees toward the end of last season, and while he may be somewhat limited to start spring training, he expects to be ready for Opening Day. There should be some kind of bounce back from his disastrous 2014 campaign, but the 34-year-old veteran will only be eligible at first base in most leagues to start the season. There is a decent chance he regains outfield eligibility, as he figures to see most of his playing time as a designated hitter or right fielder.
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Swisher (knee) has been cleared to resume running and plans to be ready by Opening Day, the MLB.com reports.
Swisher underwent surgery on both knees toward the end of the 2014 season, and while he was initially expected to be fully healthy by the start of spring training, the 34-year-old indicated that he'd rather play it safe than come back too soon. When he does return, Swisher could be in line to take over the starting job in right, but he could also see some playing time at first or as the DH.
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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.
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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.
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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.