8/19/2014 8:23 P.M. ET
Indians place Raburn on DL, call up Holt
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the best catches of the season for the Indians came at a price for utility man Ryan Raburn.
Prior to Tuesday's game against the Twins, Cleveland placed Raburn on the 15-day disabled list due to right wrist soreness, which he sustained during a highlight-reel diving grab against the D-backs last week. To fill Raburn's spot on the active roster, the Indians recalled rookie outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus.
"When I dove for that ball, it just really lit it up," Raburn said of his wrist on Tuesday. "I think more than anything, we're trying to give it a break and calm it down."
Raburn made a hard diving catch to rob Arizona's David Peralta in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday at Cleveland. Playing right field at the time, Raburn sprinted toward the wall and dove hard on the warning track, making an impressive catch in the fifth inning of the Tribe's 1-0 extra-inning loss.
Both Raburn and Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Raburn has fought discomfort in his right wrist since Spring Training, when the veteran crashed hard into a wall in an exhibition game against the Cubs.
"When he hit that wall in Mesa [Ariz.], we knew it hurt him a little bit," Francona said. "He kind of played through it. It's been a little bit of a struggle at times. I think it's affected his timing and his ability to do what he can do. He aggravated it the other day [against the D-backs]."
Raburn, 33, headed to the DL in the midst of an 0-for-13 slump that spanned his last six games. Since June 1, the veteran utilityman has hit just .169 in 83 at-bats for the Tribe. In 70 games this year, Raburn has hit .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. His showing has been a drastic drop-off from 2013, when he hit . 272 with 16 homers and 55 RBIs in 87 games for the Indians.
Asked if the wrist was behind his offensive struggles, Raburn did what he could to dodge excuses.
"It might have something to do with it," he said. "I wish I could pinpoint exactly, but I've always been the guy that, if I can get on the field, I'm going to play. There's a lot of guys not at 100 percent. Whether or not that had everything to do with it, your guess would probably be as good as mine."
The 25-year-old Holt returns for his fourth stint with the Tribe this season.
In six games for the Indians this year, Holt has hit .385 (5-for-13). The fleet-footed outfielder has turned in a .305/.416/.382 slash line, with 22 extra-base hits, 31 stolen bases, 66 walks and 74 runs in 98 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season.
Swisher visits specialist for ailing right knee
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians plan on waiting one more day before disclosing the extent of the damage in Nick Swisher's ailing right knee.
On Tuesday, Swisher was joined by Indians head athletic trainer James Quinlan in Los Angeles, where the veteran designated hitter underwent an exam by knee specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said the results of the meeting would be released by the ballclub on Wednesday.
"Nick was examined today and it kind of ran a little later," Francona said prior to Tuesday's game against the Twins. "James Quinlan is with him. We will have a complete medical update tomorrow. That way, everything can be disseminated and everybody can be talked to that needs to be, and everybody's on the same page. Then, it'll be explained."
The Indians have been coy about the possibility that Swisher might need surgery.
Through 97 games this season, the 33-year-old Swisher has hit .208 with eight home runs, 20 doubles, 42 RBIs, 36 walks, 111 strikeouts and an uncharacteristically low .278 on-base percentage. Over the previous 10 seasons in the Majors, Swisher turned in a .255/.358/.462 slash line with at least 20 homers in each of the past nine years.
Swisher, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the troublesome right knee on Aug. 10, was signed to a four-year contract worth $56 million prior to last season.
Quote to note
"It's nice. Because he throws strikes, he holds runners, his splits are really even, it's allowed us to really put guys where we think they can get people out. And then we have guys that complement, so if we have baserunners, we can go get them. They complement each other really well and there's not much ego out there. It really works well. "
-- Francona, on the value of veteran reliever Scott Atchison's versatility
• Major League Baseball has charged Indians first baseman Carlos Santana with a missed-catch error on the play that originally netted Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter an infield single in the first inning on Aug. 8 in New York. As a result, Tribe starter Trevor Bauer's line for that outing now has only three earned runs among the five he allowed.
• On Tuesday, the Indians named Rookie-level first baseman Bobby Bradley the organization's Minor League player of the week for the period of Aug. 11-17. In that span, the 18-year-old Bradley (a third-round pick by Cleveland in the First-Year Player Draft in June) hit .400 (6-for-15) with two homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs in four games.
• Tom Hamilton, the radio voice of the Indians, celebrated his 58th birthday on Tuesday. Cleveland's longtime play-by-play man is in his 25th season calling games for the Tribe.