On Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, the Associated Press via ESPN.com reported Nick Swisher has returned to Cleveland Indians training camp after leaving late last week to attend to the passing of his mother who died in Columbus, Ohio after a second battle with leukemia.
"It's nice to get around the guys, man," Swisher said. "It takes your mind off stuff. It's nice to go back home and see everybody. It's such a bad time. But it's nice to be back here doing what I love, just getting back in my routine."
Swisher missed the team’s first day of mandatory workouts on Friday in addition to Saturday’s practice. Indian’s manager Terry Francona was surprised he returned to action so soon.
Swisher batter .272 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs for the New York Yankees during the 2012 season, playing primarily in the outfield. For Cleveland, he is expected to take over duties at first base after the Indians signed speedy free agent outfielder Michael Bourn last week. With the addition of Bourn in center field, Drew Stubbs will move to right field while Michael Brantley will take over duties in left.
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