Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher will seek a second opinion on his right knee next Tuesday, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Swisher will see Los Angeles Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache, who specializes in shoulder, elbow and knee injuries.
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Swisher hasn't played since Aug. 9 and is on the disabled list with pain in his knee. Swisher is hitting .208 with eight home runs this season, both career lows. The 33-year-old has played in 97 of the team's 118 games this year.
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Prior to the 2013 season, Swisher signed a four-year, $56 million deal with Cleveland, which includes a fifth year option that vests if Swisher has at least 550 plate appearances in 2016 and passes a physical. In the first year of that contract, Swisher had a .341 on-base percentage and hit 22 home runs, helping the Indians reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
- Alex Hampl