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Storylines: Swisher undergoes surgery, done for season

Storylines: Swisher undergoes surgery, done for season
Nick Swisher (Photo: AP)
August 21, 2014
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  • Nick Swisher’s disappointing sophomore season with the Indians has finally came to an end. The first basemen had surgery done on both of his knees Wednesday afternoon and will be out for 8-10 weeks. In one of the worst seasons of his career, this is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean for next season. Swisher has struggled with injuries ever since coming to the Tribe last season and signing a four year, $56 million deal. His knees started becoming more of an issue during the series against the Baltimore Orioles in late May before hyperextended his knee running to first base on May 26th. He was placed on the 15 day DL the next day. Swisher struggled all season and in 97 games was batting .208 with only 8 home runs and 42 RBI. He has not played since August 9th.
  • Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels was carted off of the field in Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. It is an injury to his patellar in his left knee and he is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Tribe News 

  • The Indians have pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings after last night’s win against the Minnesota Twins, 5-0.

Other News and Notes 

  • Todd Zolecki of reports that the Philadelphia Phillies president David Montgomery has not stated that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is on the hot seat. “Ruben is not on the hot seat.”
  • According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Texas Rangers lefty Neal Cotts has been claimed off of waivers. The team is unknown at this time.
  • Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the MLBPA grievance against the Houston Astros on their practices during the draft are focused around their 5th round selection Jacob Nix, not 1st overall pick Brady Aiken.
  • According to James Schmel of, Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has suffered another setback in his recovery from back surgery. He suffered his second hamstring injury in a recent rehab game and will likely not play at all for the Tigers this year.
  • Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the bidding for Cuban free agent, Rusney Castillo, could be in the $50-60 million range over five years. The Red Sox, Tigers, Giants, Phillies and Yankees all have interest.
  • According to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago White Sox requested release waivers on lefty, Charlie Leesman. Leesman only played in one game for them this year.
  • reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed former Tribe pitcher Joe Gardner to a minor league deal.
  • The Los Angeles Angels could possibly extend the contract of outfielder Kole Calhoun. Calhoun is batting .294 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI.
  • According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Padres have DFA’d lefty Bobby LaFromboise. This leads to a roster spot open for reinstated outfielder, Cameron Maybin.
  • According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the MLB has changed its policy for teams scouting international players. Teams must not host players at their facilities until that player is 16 years old or within six months of being eligible to sign.
  • Bryan Hoch of reports that outfielder Carlos Beltran will see a doctor after having a weird feeling in his elbow after swinging his bat Tuesday.
  • According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the New York Mets have yet to place Bartolo Colon through revocable waivers.

User Comments

August 21, 2014 - 9:35 PM EDT
Matt Underwood, I totally agree, you are right on the team has to overpay for veterans due to lack of any blue chip talent in upper levels for years. What I can't believe is that John Mirabelli, he of one of the worst draft records in history ends up getting promoted to a VP. Unbelievable. I think the frustrating aspect of Swisher as he came here and has not put in the effort to keep himself in shape. Eduardo Perez from ESPN said Swisher lost all of his muscle and looks completely out of shape compared to when he was his teammate in New York. Again, any other team would be putting pressure on the FO, instead guys just get promoted.
matt underwood
August 21, 2014 - 5:45 PM EDT
the fact that the team has to over pay for talent to fill holes b/c the system is barren of upper level talent should be just as damning to the front office as them making the decision to pay out all of this money to vets.

this front office is just in over their head - always has been. i would be fuming if i am the dolans.
August 21, 2014 - 3:47 PM EDT
Unfortunately being in a smart market as we are, we have to overpay for alot of the talent we acquire whereas a team such as the Dodgers or Yankees could get Swisher or Bourn for a bargain.
August 21, 2014 - 3:13 PM EDT
I completely agree Matt.....which is why free agency is just a poor way to acquire talent. For one, the cost is ridicuous....and there is just such great risk as you are often getting guys in their 30s. They always get slammed for it....but better to just try and find bargains on 1-2 year deals that have upside.
matt underwood
August 21, 2014 - 2:35 PM EDT
i hear you tony and i admit i would have been on board signing masterson to an extension in the spring, but the risk of giving a $13m - $15m a year contract to a couple of guys in their early 30s (especially one that makes a living with their legs) just seems dumb and disappointing from a seemingly lack of foresight
August 21, 2014 - 11:50 AM EDT
This is where hindsight is always 20-20. 18 months ago when the Indians signed Swisher and Bourn, I heard few if any complaints they were bad deals. A lot of people liked the moves. Now, obviously, 15-18 months later few like them. Such is the nature of the beast when you are not the one who pulled the trigger on a decision....everyone else is always smarter.;)

That said, I was then and still am down with the Swisher signing. I think it was a good decision, but unfortunately just has not worked out because of health reasons. Such is the risk you take in FA. As for Bourn, I never have been fine with that deal. I get why they made it, but always felt he was an overrated player. At least Swisher had like a 10 year stretch of consistency and as a good OBP with good power numbers.
matt underwood
August 21, 2014 - 11:46 AM EDT
making not one but 2, $15m a year mistakes (signing Bourn and Swisher) should be an automatic fire-able offense when running a small market team such as the Tribe. it is hard enough to have one albatross of a contract let alone two. unreal.

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