|2013 Regular Season|
The club made the move with Swisher before Tuesday's series opener against Detroit. The first-place Indians, who have won five straight and 18 of 22, lead the Tigers in the AL Central by 2 1-2 games. Swisher's wife, JoAnna, had a girl. He must remain on the paternity list one to three days.
Swisher is batting .324 with three homers, seven runs scored and six RBIs over his last nine games.
Swisher is 5 for 13 this year against his former team.
Swisher has hit safely in five straight.
Swisher is just 5 for 22 over the last six days, but three of those hits have left the yard.
Swisher, the Indians' biggest offseason acquisition, took batting practice before Friday's game with Minnesota and says he plans to play Saturday. He missed the two-game series with Philadelphia and the Indians were off Thursday. Manager Terry Francona thought Swisher could return Friday, but the decision was made to hold him out of the lineup an additional day.
Swisher is batting .346 at home.
Swisher also scored three runs. It was his first homer of the season.
Swisher was in good spirits as he resumed baseball activities with the Indians, who signed him to a $56 million, four-year contract. The 32-year-old Swisher batted .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs for the Yankees last season. He played mostly in the outfield for New York, but will be Cleveland's primary first baseman.
Swisher, who signed a four-year, $56 million free agent contract with the Indians this winter, returned to Columbus, Ohio, for the funeral. Swisher is expected to be back with the team on Saturday night.
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