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Nick Swisher was sidelined for Cleveland's games against the Reds on Monday and Tuesday due to a sore right wrist, but returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday in Cincinnati. Swisher, who has mostly worked as a designated hitter of late, got the nod in left field for the first time since Sept. 1, 2009 (with the Yankees).

"I'm excited," Swisher said. "I'm doing whatever [Francona] needs me to do. For me, just getting back on the field, that's what I love the most. DH'ing is great, but being in the game and being able to impact the game offensively and defensively is a lot of fun. I want to win. Whatever we've got to do to make that happen, I'm down for."

• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury) went 0-for-3 and played five innings for Double-A Akron in the first game of his Minor League rehab assignment on Tuesday. Francona noted that Bourn felt good and is scheduled to have a day off on Wednesday before playing seven innings for Akron on Thursday.

• Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana (398 walks) entered Wednesday's game two walks shy of becoming only the 22nd player in Major League history to reach 400 walks in his first five seaons. Albert Pujols and Adam Dunn (both from 2001-05) were the last players to achieve the feat. The last Cleveland batter to have 400 walks in his first five seasons was Mike Hargrove (1974-78).

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