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• Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher, who underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees on Wednesday, will remain in Los Angeles for the first segment of his rehab. It is yet to be determined when Swisher will rejoin the Tribe in Cleveland. Swisher is expected to need at least eight to 10 weeks for a full recovery.

• Francona noted on Thursday that outfielder David Murphy, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique injury, has resumed light core exercises as part of his rehab. Murphy is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-September.

• Double-A Akron outfielder Anthony Gallas (a native of Strongsville, Ohio) went 1-for-4 with a home run in the RubberDucks' 6-5 win over Altoona on Wednesday. Gallas has hit .320 with an organization-leading 23 home runs through 120 games this season.

• Congratulations are in order for Francona, who became a grandfather last week. Francona's daughter, Leah, welcomed a baby girl into the Francona family.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.