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Swisher leaves to attend mother's funeral

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians held their first full-squad workout of the spring on Friday with their biggest offseason addition absent.

Nick Swisher left the team on Thursday night to attend the funeral services for his mother, Lillian Marie Malizia, who passed away after a battle with leukemia. Swisher flew back to Columbus, Ohio, and will be away from the Indians for a couple of days.

"I told him it's up to him," sid Indians manager Terry Francona, referring to when Swisher will rejoin the ballclub. "Whatever he wants to do, just let me know."

Swisher will likely reunite with the Indians on Sunday or Monday.

Cleveland signed the 32-year-old Swisher over the winter to a four-year contract worth $56 million. The deal includes a vesting option worth $14 million for the 2017 season. Last season, the first baseman hit .272 with 24 home runs, 36 doubles and 93 RBIs in 148 games for the Yankees.

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