Nick Swisher, who spent the first month on the season on the disabled list following two knee surgeries, is slated to come off the shelf and join the Indians’ active roster Tuesday.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Swisher, a 34-year-old coming off a pair of significant injuries who hit just .208 with a .608 OPS in 97 games last season. Cleveland would be thrilled to get even his modest 2013 production, which included hitting .246 with 22 homers and a .763 OPS in 145 games.
He’s being paid $15 million this season and is owed another $15 million in 2016. He figures to see time in right field and at designated hitter for a lineup that ranks ninth in OPS and tenth in runs scored among AL teams.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.
Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.
Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.
In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.