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Indians' Swisher, Santana to DL; Aguilar, Kottaras recalled

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 27, 2014

First baseman Nick Swisher was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a hyperextended left knee and third baseman/catcher Carlos Santana was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Swisher was hurt trying to beat out a grounder to third base in the sixth inning of Monday's 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. He injured his right knee last week in a 13-inning home victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Swisher headed back to Cleveland yesterday afternoon and will be examined Wednesday.

Santana was hit in the mask by a foul ball while catching Sunday in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Santana landed on the same disabled list under the same circumstances in 2012. Santana remains with the team. Manager Terry Francona said Santana may also have the flu because he has a fever.

First baseman Jesus Aguilar was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and the contract of catcher George Kottaras was selected from Triple-A Columbus.

Aguilar is in the lineup at first base and batting sixth in tonight's 8:10 p.m. game against the White Sox and left-hander Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89). Francona said Aguilar will be the primary first baseman, it's likely he will also play Lonnie Chisenhall there.

This is Kottaras' second stint with the Tribe. Filling in during Yan Gomes' paternity leave, Kottaras hit two home runs in a home lost to the White Sox on May 4. The Indians signed him to a minor league contract on April 3.

In another roster move, right-hander Blake Wood was designated for assignment.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis has not been activated from the 15-day disabled list. He joined the Indians in Chicago today after completing his rehab assignment for a strained right oblique Monday night in Columbus . He's been on the disabled list since May 2. Francona said Kipnis will be activated and play Wednesday.

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