The Indians activated first baseman Nick Swisher from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and placed designated hitter Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.
Swisher went on the DL on May 27 with a hyperextended left knee. He’d also been experiencing problems with his right knee and required cortisone shots in both.
In his second rehab start Wednesday for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, Swisher went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI. On Tuesday, he was 0 for 2 at the plate.
In Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Swisher will be the designated hitter and bat seventh. Swisher is hitting .211 this season with 11 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI in 49 games. Before going on the disabled list, he batted .318 in the previous six games with a double and three RBI.
Giambi, 43, is batting .128 with two home runs and five RBI in 15 games. In Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Giambi went 0 for 4 and was retired the first three times up on ground balls to the third baseman against the shift. The Royals left the left side of the infield vacant and put the third baseman in between first and second. Giambi squared up to bunt on his final plate appearance before popping out.
This is his third stint on the disabled list this season. His first came on March 30 when he suffered a rib fracture in spring training. He landed there again on May 5 with a right calf strain.