CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping Indians first baseman Nick Swisher received a cortisone shot in his sore left shoulder Monday and will be sidelined for Cleveland's next three games.
Manager Terry Francona said Swisher received the injection after an MRI taken Sunday revealed no structural damage. Francona said Swisher will be "down for a couple of days" and is not likely to play during the Indians' three-game series against Kansas City. The Indians are off Thursday and Swisher could return for Friday's series opener against Minnesota.
Francona said it's possible Swisher could still end up on the disabled list, but "that's not our first choice."
"The hope is that with maintenance moving forward we can kind of stay ahead of it," Francona said.
Swisher's shoulder has been bothering him for some time, and Francona said the switch-hitter made it worse with "big swings" during a weekend series against Washington.
Swisher signed a four-year, $56 million contract with Cleveland in December. He recently went through an 0-for-27 slump and has just six hits in his last 55 at-bats. His average has dropped to .237.
Francona doesn't know if Swisher's injury affected his swing.
"I don't think it helped it," he said. "It's hard to tell. Guys get banged up so much."
With Swisher sidelined, Mark Reynolds moved from third base and started at first for Monday's series opener with the Royals. John McDonald made his second straight start at third.