Nick Swisher enters 2016 with a clean bill of health, which is more than he could say for the last two years. Last year, he missed most of the first four months recovering from surgery to both knees, and the injury plagued him for most of 2014 as well, robbing him of his offensive potential. Does that mean he'll reclaim it at age 35? It's a real long shot, but he has a better chance with the Braves than just about any other team. With few major league-caliber bats available during their full-scale rebuild, they'll want to give him a chance, at least semi-regularly, to play his way off the team. He offers an intriguing blend of patience and power, but you can wait until late to draft him even in NL-only leagues.
Braves first baseman Nick Swisher (forearm) is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. Swisher was a late scratch Saturday with a forearm strain and he'll miss the first game of Atlanta's final day of the regular season. With him under contract for 2016, there's little reason to expect him to start in Game 2.
Braves first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher has a left forearm strain and was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup With Sunday's game representing the final game of the season, Swisher's season is likely over. Pedro Ciriaco will get the start and hit seventh Saturday.
A nagging wrist issue has Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman sidelined Thursday against visiting Washington. Considering Freeman is dealing with a small bone spur in his wrist, this isn't a surprising development. With the Braves well out of the playoff contention, it's fair to question if Freeman will return to the starting lineup this season. Nick Swisher will get the start at first base once again and hit third in the batting order.
Braves outfielder Nick Swisher is not in the lineup Friday against the Phillies. After starting the past three games, Swisher will get the day off Friday. Adonis Garcia will draw the start in left field in his place and bat fourth.
Nick Swisher had his finest performance as a member of the Braves on Saturday. Swisher, who was acquired by the Braves earlier this month, hit a pair of two-run home runs, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Braves fell to the Cubs 9-7. Swisher now has three home runs in 11 games with the Braves--he had two in 30 games with the Indians prior to the trade. The switch-hitting Swisher homered from both sides of the plate on Saturday, the 14th time in his career he has accomplished that feat.