Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is aiming for a Thursday return to the lineup when the team opens its series in Boston against the Red Sox, according to a report from Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com.
The 33-year-old has been on the disabled list with a hyperextended left knee since May 27. He took batting practice last Friday, ran the bases Saturday morning and returned to Cleveland on Sunday. On Tuesday, he will begin a two-game rehab assignment with Class AA Akron. Once that wraps up Wednesday, he will rejoin the Indians' lineup assuming all goes well. Swisher said "everything is on track."
Despite the good news for Swisher, he will have to break out of a slump. In 218 appearances, he's hitting .211/.312/.319 with three home runs, the worse offensive numbers of his career. The Indians are 31-31 -- second in the AL Central -- heading into Sunday's game against the Rangers.