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CLEVELAND -- The statistics don't necessarily support his claim, but Nick Swisher contends that he's gradually coming out of his slump.

Through his first 16 games of the season, Swisher batted .310 with a .946 OPS. In the 12 contests since, the 32-year-old is hitting .182 with a .593 OPS.

"That's the one guy I don't worry about," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "I really don't. He's been through it. He knows his swing."

Swisher was sidelined for three games last week with a sore throwing shoulder, an injury that resulted from frequently shifting between first base and right field. He's yet to play the outfield since he returned to the lineup.

On Wednesday, Swisher belted a game-tying home run in the sixth inning. The Indians eventually topped the A's, 4-3.

"I'm starting to feel a little better," Swisher said. "I feel like I've been getting a hit a game. I haven't had that breakout game in the past week, but for me, I'm just getting that confidence back and making sure the shoulder is 100 percent. It's starting to feel like I've got a little whip in my stick."

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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