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Indians first baseman Nick Swisher hit off a tee and survived batting practice without feeling stabbing pain in his left shoulder. He's ready to test it in a game. Swisher moved closer to returning to Cleveland's lineup on Friday after missing nearly a week with an injury that has been bothering him most of this season. Swisher had hoped to be available as a pinch hitter for the Indians' series opener against Minnesota, but manager Terry Francona said it's more likely that he won't play until Saturday. Also, Indians closer Chris Perez threw a bullpen session that Francona said went ''very well'' as the right-hander tries to come back from a strained right rotator cuff. Perez has been on the disabled list since May 27, and the two-time All-Star had a rough outing earlier this week for Double-A Akron. Indians All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera took grounders and did some agility drills as he recovers from a leg injury that landed him on the DL on June 4. Cabrera will travel with t...
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