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Indians activate Swisher, place Giambi on DL

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The Cleveland Indians activated infielder Nick Swisher from the disabled list and placed designated hitter Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Swisher, 33, was placed on the DL on May 27 with a left knee hyperextension, and spent a two-day rehab stint with Class-AA Akron before returning to the major league club. Swisher is batting .211 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs in 49 games this season.

His return could impact the playing time of first baseman Carlos Santana, as the Indians are unlikely to take at-bats away from hot-hitting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

Giambi has played in 15 games for the Indians this season, batting .128 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 47 at-bats as he serves a player-coach role with the team.

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