CLEVELAND: There will be no disabled list in Nick Swisher’s immediate future.
But there is no guarantee that at some point in the season, his troublesome right shoulder won’t force him to the sidelines again.
“Swish was examined yesterday; he was scanned,” manager Terry Francona said Monday. “It came back showing no change, which is good. He got a shot today, so he’ll be down a couple of days with that.
“It’s the same as last time. He’ll probably be out two or three days. And with maintenance, we’ll be able to stay ahead of this.”
In other words, whatever the exact nature of Swisher’s injury, doctors are not expecting it to heal itself in the next few days. Apparently, Swisher will have to play with the malady and hope that constant attention and treatment will keep the pain level down.
Asked about the diagnosis, Francona said, “I don’t know the exact name. It’s a sore shoulder.”
Lately, it was obvious that Swisher’s swing was becoming labored. He has been fighting a recent batting slump that might have been brought on by the injury.
In 13 games in June, Swisher is batting .104 (5-for-48) with 15 strikeouts.
“He takes a lot of swings,” Francona said. “He took some big swings during [his last] game [Saturday] and that aggravated it.”
Asked if the injury affected Swisher’s swing, Francona said, “It didn’t help it, but it’s hard to tell.”
Francona thought the soonest Swisher would return is after the Royals leave town, but that is not etched in stone.
“Maybe he can come back Friday,” Francona said. “We’ll see how he feels then. Everything depends on how he feels.”
Even if Swisher gets through the season, will he have to undergo some sort of surgical procedure over the winter?
“I don’t know,” Francona said. “It’s not fair for me to answer that. There were no changes [on the MRI]. As long as we stay on top of it, it might be OK.”
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