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Indians' David Murphy to miss 4-5 weeks; Nick Swisher getting second opinion

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2014

Indians right fielder David Murphy will miss four to five weeks with a right oblique strain, an MRI confirmed Monday.

Tribe manager Terry Francona called Murphy's strain "mild to moderate."

Designated hitter/outfielder Nick Swisher had his sore right knee examined by Rick Parker Monday at the Cleveland Clinic and is seeking "additional opinions," according to a medical update released by the Indians.

Francona didn't want to elaborate on Swisher's second opinion, but said it was at the club's "help and urging."

Center fielder Michael Bourn, on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, is scheduled to play nine innings Tuesday night for Triple-A Columbus.

Murphy aggravated a right oblique strain that he said had been bothering him for about a week during a fifth-inning strikeout Saturday against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium. Swisher has been battling right knee soreness that was evident when he couldn’t score from second on a seventh-inning single Saturday.

Outfielder Tyler Holt and infielder/outfielder Zach Walters were called up from Triple-A and are in Tuesday night's lineup for a home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Murphy ranks second in the American League with a .382 average with runners in scoring position. He is batting .262, .343 since the All-Star break.

"From a baseball standpoint, this is a tough area," Murphy said Sunday.  “It's always bad timing. It's unfortunate."

Swisher was hitting just .208. This is his second time on the 15-day disabled list this season. The first, on May 27, was for a hyperextended left knee, but he had injections in both knees at that time.

“It’s been there for a while,” he said Sunday of the right knee. “Been coming in every day and doing the best we can to get ready to play and we play and it’s all banged up again. It’s like you’re always playing for the tie. This is going to be the best thing for me because it’s tough going out there every day battling through all this pain.”
 

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