Nick Swisher has made it back from a pair of knee surgeries, coming off the disabled list to make his season debut tonight for the Indians. He’s starting at designated hitter and batting sixth against the Royals.
To make room on the roster Cleveland sent center fielder Tyler Holt back to Triple-A after calling him up last week. Holt is 26 years old and has posted nice on-base percentages in the minors, including a .421 mark in 78 games at Triple-A, but it may take the Indians totally souring on Michael Bourn for him to get an extended chance.
Swisher was terrible last season when he was healthy enough to play, hitting just .208 with a .608 OPS in 97 games at age 33, but the Indians owe him $15 million this year and $16 million in 2016.
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.