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Swisher notches 3 hits in first rehab game

DETROIT -- Nick Swisher collected three hits on Friday night in his first Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Columbus. The veteran outfielder is scheduled to suit up again for the Clippers on Sunday before heading back to Cleveland to plan the next portion of his comeback schedule.

"He's going to come into Cleveland Monday, work out with us and we'll kind of sit down with him," Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday. "It'll be the first time we've seen him in person for a couple weeks. We'll kind of map out maybe the next week after that. He'll play a couple games before that and then we'll sit down and talk to him and kind of see where he thinks he is.

"We've been sending him a lot of video and we've been looking at it, so we're up to date on just about everything he does. I talked to him Wednesday. Again, short-cutting his rehab is not going to help, but getting him back where he's comfortable and feeling good, that does help."

In an 11-7 win over Louisville, Swisher finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI in his first official rehab game since being placed on the 15-day disabled list to open the season. The 34-year-old switch-hitter has spent the past several months working his way back from surgery on both knees, which were operated on by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Aug. 20 last year in Los Angeles.

When Swisher does return to Cleveland, he will likely spend his time between right field and the designated-hitter role. In 97 games last season, Swisher hit .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs before the knee problems resulted in the season-ending surgery.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.
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