Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Zach Walters and Tyler Holt are making the most out of their playing time while regular starters David Murphy and Nick Swisher are sidelined with injuries.
The Indians placed Murphy and Swisher on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and recalled Walters and Holt from Class AAA Columbus.
The team calls Murphy’s injury a strained right abdominal muscle and could be out for at least four weeks based on a latest MRI.
Swisher was placed on the disabled list because of a bad right knee that bothered him for much of the season
“We’ve been coming in early and trying to get things better, but it’s physically starting to show now,” said Swisher. “It’s time to take a break.”
Swisher went on the DL hitting .208 (75-for-360) with eight homers and 42 RBI. He’s struck out 111 times with a .273 on base percentage and a .331 slugging percentage.
Murphy, hitting .343 (24-for-70) with 11 RBI since the All-Star break, is hitting .262 (95-for-362) with seven homers and 55 RBI overall.
Walters and Holt have no problem filling up the void left by Murphy and Swisher.
Walters was hitting .387 (12-for-31) with four doubles, two homers and eight RBI at Columbus since the deal. His combined Triple-A numbers at Columbus and Syracuse this year are .310 (83-for-268) with 22 doubles, five triples, 17 homers ad 56 RBI in 67 games.
Walters appeared in 32 games with the Nationals this year, hitting .205 (8-for-39) with three homers and five RBI.
A 10th round pick by the Indians in 2010, Holt is making his third tour with the Tribe this year. He’s hitting a combined .306 (106-for-346) with 19 doubles, one triple, two homers, 29 RBI and 37 steals at Class AA Akron and Columbus.
“He’s probably played the most at short. I think second is his most comfortable position. The guys who have seen him have told me don’t hesitate to play him in left,” manager Terry Francona said of Walters.