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.