The Cleveland Indians were without veteran infielder/outfielder Nick Swisher last night. The 32-year old is battling a sore shoulder and was held out of last night's lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies. Swisher's injury is not considered serious, but the team does not want to chance it getting worse. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Swisher may miss today's game as well.
Indians 1B/RF Nick Swisher out of the lineup with a sore left shoulder. Francona said Swish might be held out Wednesday, too.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 30, 2013
Swisher signed with the Indians this offseason after he was rumored to be linked to numerous teams. The Indians are hoping Swisher's leadership, personality, and on-field talents will help them turn that team around. So far, Cleveland has not performed as well as many have thought they would, but there's plenty of time for the team to turn things around.
Swisher is hitting .265/.386/.410 with 2 home runs this season. He is no longer playing at All-Star caliber levels at this point in his career, but he can still be a solid contributor. In most cases, Swisher would be a solid corner outfielder, but the Indians have moved him primarily back to first base. With his lack of consistent power, that may not be the best position for him, but the Indians are making due with what they have.
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