In a span of just 24 hours, Indians manager Terry Francona lost Saturday’s corner outfielders to the 15-day disabled list.But instead of worrying about how David Murphy’s and Nick Swisher’s injuries would affect the Tribe’s playoff chances, Francona preferred to take the optimistic view.
“You can look at it a couple ways. You can feel sorry for yourself that guys got hurt, or you can look at younger guys or different guys who have a chance to shine,” Francona said before Sunday’s finale of a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. “That’s how we view it. This doesn’t mean you can’t win. Just might have to do it a little different way.”
Murphy aggravated a right abdominal strain he said had been bothering him for about a week during a fifth-inning strikeout Saturday. Swisher has been battling right knee soreness that was evident when he couldn’t score from second on a seventh-inning single.
Both were to undergo MRIs in Cleveland today.
Outfielder Tyler Holt and infielder/outfielder Zach Walters were called up from Triple-A Columbus. This is Holt’s third stint with the Indians this season. Walters was acquired in a July 31 trade with the Washington Nationals for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He started in left field and batted seventh Sunday.
Murphy went into Sunday’s games with a .382 average with runners in scoring position, second in the American League. He was batting .262, .343 since the All-Star break.
“When he took that swing we thought we saw something. We started to go check on him, then he waved us off,” Francona said. “I knew when he came out of the game he was hurting worse than he was letting on.”
Francona called Murphy’s injury an oblique and said, “Only rest can help that.” Second baseman Jason Kipnis missed a month earlier this season with a right oblique strain that bothered him even when he returned from the disabled list.
“From a baseball standpoint, this is a tough area,” Murphy said before the moves were announced. “I don’t know that this is something that would bother me for 15 days, it doesn’t necessarily feel like it would, but I don’t feel like I’m going to be able to play for a few, at least. I’m understanding of whatever happens because I know we’ve got some other guys banged up and every spot on the roster is very important.
“It’s always bad timing. It’s unfortunate.”
Swisher was hitting just .208. This is his second time on the 15-day disabled list this season. The first, on May 27, was for a hyperextended left knee, but he had injections in both knees then.
“It’s been there for a while,” he said of the right knee. “Been coming in every day and doing the best we can to get ready to play and we play and it’s all banged up again. It’s like you’re always playing for the tie. This is going to be the best thing for me because it’s tough going out there every day battling through all this pain.”
Asked if he thought he needed surgery, Swisher said, “We’re going to figure all this out. Depending on where we are after these next couple weeks or whatever, we’ll reassess and see what’s going to happen. Can’t keep going out there like this. … It’s to the point now where it physically shows all the time.”
By Marla Ridenour - Akron Beacon Journal (MCT)
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