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.
Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.
Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.
On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.