Marc Weinreich
Sunday June 8th, 2014

Nick Swisher had posted the worst offensive numbers of his career this season before going to the DL on May 27. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Nick Swisher posted the worst offensive numbers of his career this season before going to the DL on May 27. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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."

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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.

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