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MLB roundup: Indians' Swisher returns; Giambi on DL

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 12 2014 07:45:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 07:45:17 PM CDT

The Cleveland Indians activated infielder Nick Swisher from the disabled list Thursday and placed designated hitter Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Swisher, 33, was placed on the DL on May 27 with a left knee hyperextension and spent a two-day rehab stint with Class AA Akron before returning to the major league club. Swisher is batting .211 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs in 49 games this season.

Giambi has played in 15 games for the Indians this season, batting .128 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 47 at-bats as he serves a player-coach role with the team.


--The Chicago Cubs signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract as a free agent on Thursday.

Torrealba will report to their extended spring training camp in Mesa, Ariz. The 35-year-old went to spring training with the Los Angeles Angels as a non-roster player this year but asked for his release when he did not make the major league club.

Torrealba last played in the major leagues with the Colorado Rockies in 2013 when he batted .240 with no homers and 16 RBIs in 61 games.

---Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee played catch Thursday and "came out fine," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Lee has been on the disabled list since May 19 with a left elbow strain.

---Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was scratched from Wednesday's start because of right shoulder irritation, was out of the lineup again Thursday after having an injection in the shoulder.

---Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos could make his season debut Saturday at Milwaukee.

Latos threw a bullpen session Thursday before the Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers wrapped up their weekday series.

Latos left his third Triple-A rehab start June 5 in the fifth inning with cramping in his calf but after evaluation made another start. He began the season on the disabled list after offseason elbow and knee surgeries. Latos made four minor-league rehab starts.