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MLB Injury News:
Earlier this season, Cleveland Indians slugger Nick Swisher was hampered by a sore left shoulder. It appears that the injury never fully healed, as he was given Sunday off to rest his shoulder, according to Mark Emery of MLB.com.
Swisher aggravated his shoulder on Saturday while batting against Jordan Zimmermann. Manager Terry Francona deemed Swisher available for Sunday's weekend finale, but he was ultimately held out of the lineup.
Telling reporters that he's been "grinding," Swisher admitted that he's been dealing with the shoulder "thing" all year.
"I'm grinding," said Swisher, who has started
every game since May 23. "I want to be in there every day, regardless of
what I got going on. Obviously, it's starting to physically show a little bit. I've
been kind of battling this shoulder thing all year, which has been super
frustrating for me because I've never had something like this before."
It's not something Swisher has had to deal with before, and he said that it's impacting his swing and power numbers.
"I just don't feel like I have that thump in my swing,
and that's a frustrating thought for me, because I like to let it rip every now
and then," Swisher said. "We're just doing our treatments, man,
trying to get better every day. We met with the doctors and this and that.
We're just going to see what tomorrow brings."
In his first season with the Indians, Swisher has hit .237/.337/.402 with 14 doubles and seven home runs. While his batting average and on-base percentage are not extremely far off his career totals, Swisher has a career slugging percentage of .464 compared to the .402 mark he's posted thus far.
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