Is age catching up to Nick Swisher? The Tribe first baseman was evaluated on Tuesday and was found to have medial meniscus wear in both of his knees. Less than 24 hours later, Swisher will undergo arthroscopic debridement surgery to repair the chronic pain. He will subsequently miss eight-to-ten weeks for recovery, effectively ending his 2014 season with the team.
Swisher was placed on the 15-day Disabled List with knee soreness on August 10. He was also on the DL with similar discomfort from May 27-June 11 of this very year. Prior to today’s season-ending surgery, Nick hit .208 (75-360 in 97 games) in with 20 doubles, eight home runs and 42 runs batted in. In the field, Swisher was charged with nine errors on the season. According to Baseball-Reference’s calculations on runs saved, he was the second-worst fielding first baseman (to amass at least 50 games played) in all of baseball1.
The 33-year old is due $15 million in 2015 and 2016, respectively, with a $14 million vesting option in 2017.
- Only Houston’s Jon Singleton has ‘saved’ fewer runs [↩]