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. He entered 2014 looking to improve on a sub-par first season with Cleveland, but he's not been able to produce and the Indians finally put him on the disabled list on Aug. 10.
The Indians said Swisher's surgery was in Los Angeles. He'll need 8 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 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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