The Indians will activate Nick Swisher from the disabled list for Tuesday night's game in Kansas City. Tyler Holt will be optioned back to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Swisher on the active roster.
Swisher has been recovering from operations on both of his knees, and hasn't played for the Indians since last August. He had a dreadful season in 2014, with poor defense and a line of just .208/.278/.331, making him one of the worst regular players in the league. We can only hope that his knees were bothering him all year, and he's truly healed now, ready to get back to being a productive player. He appeared in six games for the Clippers over the last week or so, posting an impressive 1.028 OPS, with a home run and two doubles in 25 at bats.
I expect him to see most of his playing time at DH, for the time being at least. Ryan Raburn and David Murphy are the two players most likely to see their playing time cut into, though with Raburn having hit well of late, he may continue to start against most lefties.
Holt is probably the best defensive outfielder on the roster, but there simply wasn't going to be playing time for him with Swisher back. He'll likely be back with the Indians at some point this season, as it's unlikely the current cast of outfield characters all remain healthy for five consecutive months.
If Swisher can hit like he did in 2013, he'll be an upgrade to the lineup. His rehab numbers are encouraging, but I'm waiting til I see some MLB-level success from him before trusting that he's going to make a meaningful difference. He's not so old that he couldn't still be plenty good, but he's also old enough that he may have entered a relatively steep decline. We shall see.