The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 22, 2014

Indians Notes: Morgan in town for evaluation

CLEVELAND — Outfielder Nyjer Morgan will be in Cleveland today to access the progress he’s made in rehabilitating his injured right knee.

Morgan, who has been sidelined since May 15 after sustaining the injury while attempting to make a play in left field, underwent surgery and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, May 22.

Morgan is rehabbing at the team’s spring training site in Goodyear, Ariz., running in a treadmill pool, hitting and throwing. There is no adjustment to the 8-to-12-week timetable for his return.

After spending last season in Japan, Morgan made the Opening Day roster, thanks to an injury to center fielder Michael Bourn. Morgan filled in well for Bourn, batting .341 with a home run and six RBI in 15 games.

Opposites attract?

Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana, two of the Indians’ biggest underachievers this year in the batting average department, are heading in different directions since being activated following injuries.

Santana, who entered Sunday batting .201 with a team-leading 11 home runs and 29 RBI, is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with five homers and 12 RBI in 16 games since leaving the 7-day concussion list.

Swisher, who entered the series finale with Detroit batting .193 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 57 games, has just five hits in 36 at-bats since leaving the injured list with a hyperextended left knee. The team leader with 67 strikeouts has fanned 17 times over the span with 13 strikeouts over his last five games.

Santana is scheduled to make $3.5 million this year, while Swisher is earning $15 million.

Next up

The Indians are off today, beginning a two-game series in Arizona on Tuesday at 9:40 p.m.

Justin Masterson (4-5, 4.75 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, while the Diamondbacks counter with LHP Wade Miley (3-6, 4.62).

Corey Kluber (6-5, 3.30) goes for the Indians in the series finale Wednesday night (9:40) against RHP Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.18).

The Indians are 7-5 all-time against Arizona, with the teams meeting for the first time since 2011.

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