Nick Swisher’s terrible season is officially over, as the Indians announced that the first baseman/outfielder underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees and will need 8-10 weeks to recover.
Swisher has played through knee problems all year while hitting .208 with eight homers and a .608 OPS in 97 games, setting career-lows across the board before shutting things down two weeks ago.
Swisher turns 34 years old in November and has two seasons remaining on his contract, at $15 million per year.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.