October 1, 2014

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Indians notes: Nyjer Morgan back in Cleveland for evaluation

Nyjer Morgan

Nyjer Morgan

CLEVELAND — Outfielder Nyjer Morgan will be in Cleveland today to assess the progress he’s made in rehabilitating his injured right knee.

Morgan, who has been sidelined since May 15 after sustaining the injury while attempting to make a play in left field, underwent surgery and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 22.

Morgan is rehabbing at the team’s spring training site in Goodyear, Ariz., running in a treadmill pool, hitting and throwing. There is no adjustment to the 8-to-12-week timetable for his return.

After spending last season in Japan, Morgan made the Opening Day roster, thanks to an injury to center fielder Michael Bourn. Morgan filled in well for Bourn, batting .341 with a home run and six RBIs in 15 games.

Opposite directions

Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana, two of the Indians’ biggest underachievers this year in the batting average department, are heading in different directions since being activated following injuries.

Santana, who entered Sunday batting .201 with a team-leading 11 home runs and 29 RBIs, is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with five homers and 12 RBIs in 16 games since leaving the 7-day concussion list.

Swisher, who entered the series finale with Detroit batting .193 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 57 games, has just five hits in 36 at-bats since leaving the injured list with a hyperextended left knee.

The team leader with 67 strikeouts, Swisher has fanned 17 times over the span with 13 strikeouts over his last five games.

Santana is scheduled to make $3.5 million this year, while Swisher is earning $15 million.

Next up

The Indians are off today, beginning a two-game series in Arizona on Tuesday at 9:40 p.m.

Justin Masterson (4-5, 4.75 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, while the Diamondbacks counter with LHP Wade Miley (3-6, 4.62).

Corey Kluber (6-5, 3.30) goes for the Indians in the series finale Wednesday night (9:40) against RHP Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.18).

The Indians are 7-5 all-time against Arizona. This is the first time the teams are playing since 2011.

Minor details

  • Right-hander Zach McAllister got the win for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, allowing two runs on eight hits, while striking out six in a 14-2 win at Lehigh Valley. McAllister is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts for the Clippers.
  • Left fielder LeVon Washington went 4-for-5 Saturday with a double and three runs in High Class A Carolina’s 12-2 victory over Frederick. Washington, a second-round draft pick in 2010, entered Sunday batting .321 with a homer and 12 RBIs in 30 games for the Mudcats.
  • Clint Frazier entered Sunday batting .247 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 58 games for Class A Lake County. Cleveland’s first-round draft pick (fifth overall) last year was ejected Sunday against South Bend for arguing balls and strikes.

Roundin’ third

  • After going 4-15 against the Tigers last year, the Indians have split eight games with the three-time defending Central Division champion.
  • The Indians’ 67-38 record in one-run games through Saturday was tops in the majors since 2012. Cleveland is 13-9 in one-run games this season.

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7136 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him @CAwesomeheimer on Twitter.

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