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• Swisher has played just four of his last 19 games at first base, while spending the remainder as a designated hitter or pinch-hitter.

"He's been doing a lot of stuff while he's been DHing, in the weight room, things like that, trying to get his legs where he can handle the rigors of the whole season," Francona said.

• Chisenhall's impressive offensive production, along with Swisher's trip to the disabled list, helped push Carlos Santana over to first base.

"All the work he did at third has really made him a much more active first baseman," Francona said of Santana. "He has been all over the place."

Francona has not ruled out Santana potentially going back to seeing time as a backup catcher. But as of now, with two full-time catchers already on the roster, the switch-hitter has not appeared as the backstop since May 25. 

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.