CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher’s disappointing second season with the Indians is over.
Swisher underwent surgery on both knees Wednesday, procedures the first baseman/outfielder hopes will alleviate pain and prolong his career.
The 33-year-old has underperformed after getting a four-year, $56 million contract from the Indians before last season. Swisher entered 2014 looking to improve on a subpar first season with Cleveland, but he hasn’t been able to produce. The Indians finally put him on the disabled list on Aug. 10.
The Indians said Swisher’s surgery was performed in Los Angeles. He’ll need eight to 10 weeks to recover and is expected to make a full recovery
After Indians team physician Dr. Richard Parker recommended surgery, Swisher got a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who is on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ medical staff. ElAttrache confirmed the earlier diagnosis that Swisher has chronic medial knee discomfort as a result of medial meniscus wear and tear in both knees.
Before he was sidelined, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games.
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