But after a successful winter of rest and a detailed workout program, Swisher has been able to avoid going under the knife.
"That surgery thing, that was definitely something that was like, 'Is this going to happen?'" said the Indians first basemen who welcomed a daughter this off-season, "But going home and being Mr. Mom, doing all the household duties, man, I just strengthened my shoulder. Just being a dad, man, it's been the greatest thing that's ever happened."
"I'm a guy that always takes a lot of pride in being on the field," Swisher said. "If everything is intact, I'm going to be out there. I feel that I want to be out there fighting with my guys."
Swisher, who turned 33 this past November, still played in 145 games batting .246. His batting average, on-base percentage (.341), and slugging percentage (.423) were his lowest since 2008 when he was with Chicago White Sox. He still led the team with 22 home tuns and 63 runs batted in.
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