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Former reliever Swan dies from injuries from fall

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Russ Swan, a left-handed pitcher who
spent parts of six seasons with three major league teams, has died
following a fall in which he hit his head, a family member said. He
was 42.

Swan, who played for the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners
and Cleveland Indians, died Wednesday at University Medical Center
in Las Vegas, said his sister, Michelle Swan. Russ Swan was taken
to the hospital April 17 after being found unconscious at the
bottom of a stairwell in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

"He had been doing better," Michelle told the Tri-City Herald.
She said tests showed on April 23 showed his condition was
improving, but that he died Wednesday from what doctors believed
was a blood clot.

Swan signed with the Giants after being drafted in 1986. He made
his major league debut with San Francisco in August 1989 and was
traded to the Mariners the following spring.

His best season was with Seattle in 1991, when he was 6-2 in 63
appearances with a 3.43 ERA.

Swan's playing career ended in 1994 when he was released by the
Indians after compiling a career 14-22 record in 168 appearances.
He later became a pitching coach at Washington State University and
in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Survivors include wife Mellissa, daughter Erin and son
Kelly.