GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Whatever Nick Swisher might need from the Cleveland Indians, manager Terry Francona said, he’s got it.
Swisher has left Indians camp for Ohio after the death of his mother, Lillian Marie Malizia, earlier in the week. Malizia had been treated for leukemia the past three years. She was 62 years old.
Swisher, who signed a four-year, $56 million free-agent contract in the offseason, missed the Indians’ first full-squad workout of the season Friday. It was the same day the team introduced Michael Bourn, who agreed to a late-but-lucrative contract earlier this week . Their acquisitions, along with the hiring of Francona, have made for the most exciting offseason in Cleveland in a long time . But a complete look will have to wait until Swisher returns to camp — either Sunday or Monday, Francona said. A private family service for Malizia is scheduled for this weekend.
“I told him, ‘It’s up to you.’ Whatever he wants to do, ‘just let me know,’ ” Francona said. “He just wanted to go about his own business without being treated differently [than any other player]. We respect that.”
Swisher’s life has been impacted by cancer before.
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