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Nick Swisher (1B,DH)

Cleveland Indians - 1% owned

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Bats: B, Throws: L

1B Nick Swisher is expected to start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus this week. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nick Swisher had a dreadful 2014 but he had provided solid fantasy production for the previous nine seasons, hitting at least 21 home runs in each year. The Indians are in desperate need of some right-handed power and at the moment the DH position has a revolving door. If Swisher can prove his health and if he can regain the form which eluded him last year, then he could once again be a useful player in fantasy. Unfortunately, they are two big "ifs".

 

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Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his Cactus League debut against the Giants on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: 2014 was the first time Nick Swisher had hit fewer than 20 home runs since he became a regular major-leaguer in 2005. He underwent surgery in August to repair the meniscus of both knees. Monitor his progress to see whether a new, improved Swisher will feature in the Indians' lineup this season or if this is the beginning of the end of his career. There are playing time opportunities at DH for the Indians' so a 20 HR player who can take a walk will be a value pick off the waiver wire.

 

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Indians' beat writer Paul Hoynes suggests that "unless something unexpected happens in the next couple of weeks ..... a realistic goal for Nick Swisher's return is late April or early May." (Source: Paul Hoynes)

Fantasy Impact: This creates a vacancy at DH in the opening day lineup which means that the two outfielders David Murphy and Ryan Raburn are both expected to make the 25 man roster. They will compete with young 1B prospect Jesus Aguilar for playing time.

 

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Nick Swisher to run the bases

Tue, Mar 17th 4:25pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Nick Swisher will run the bases today. "It's a big step," said manager Terry Francona. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is questionable whether Nick Swisher will make the opening day roster. The Indians may choose to start Brandon Moss at DH to ease him back from injury, in which case David Murphy could start in the outfield. Alternatively, they could give prospect Jesus Aguilar a shot

 

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Nick Swisher underwent surgery in August to repair the meniscus of both knees. Nick Camino asked him if he's still hoping to be ready by Opening Day. "That's my goal," he said. (Source: Nick Camino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: 2014 was a dreadful season for Nick Swisher. Not only was it the first time in 10 years that he failed to play at least 145 games but his strikeout rate increased, walk rate decreased and he posted a -1.6 WAR. The Indians have DH options if he is unable to turn things around.

 

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