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.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.