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Indians DH Nick Swisher out for remainder of season, having surgery on both knees

By Stephanie Storm Published: August 20, 2014

Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher will undergo surgery on both knees late Wednesday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. 

Swisher has been on the 15-day Disabled List with knee soreness since August 10 and also made an earlier DL stint with similar discomfort from May 27 through June 11. 

When Swisher's knee pain persisted, he recently saw the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Rick Parker. Swisher then sought a second opinion Tuesday with Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Dr. Neil ElAttrache in L.A., who concurred with Parker that surgical intervention would be the most appropriate course of action. 

An Indians press release late Wednesday afternoon stated “Dr. ElAttrache confirmed that Nick is dealing with chronic medial knee discomfort in both knees as a result of medial meniscus wear and tear.”

Thus, arthroscopic surgery - also known as an arthroscopic debridement – of both of Swisher’s knees was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (PST) to be performed by Dr. ElAttrache. 

Swisher’s rehab is expected to take the standard eight-to-10 weeks and will begin Friday. In 97 games with the Indians, Swisher hit .208 (75-for-360) with 20 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBI.

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