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Cleveland Indians’ Nick Swisher Avoids Surgery on Ailing Shoulder

February 24th, 2014 at 8:10 PM
By Cody Dalga

'Terry Francona, Nick Swisher' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Following a year of constant pain in his left shoulder, Cleveland Indians first basemen Nick Swisher knew it was possible that he may have to undergo off-season surgery to repair the ailing injury.

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."

Even with the shoulder injury, Swisher flopped between playing first base and right field last season. He did struggle at the plate at times but that could be due in part to the nagging shoulder. 

"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. 

 
Tags: Baseball, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, MLB, Nick Swisher

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