Swisher developed soreness in his left shoulder, a result of migrating back and forth between right field and first base. The constant switching took a toll on his throwing arm, and he sat out for the club's two-game set with Philadelphia and series opener against Minnesota on Friday. He returned to the lineup on Saturday, batting cleanup and serving as the designated hitter. He homered in his first at-bat.
Francona said Swisher was available to come off the bench on Friday night, but the skipper was hesitant to employ his services, even after he opted to lose designated hitter privileges late in the contest.
"With anybody -- and in Swisher's case, with a guy that's playing every day -- when you take a few days off to get something better, when he comes back I want it to be better," said Francona.
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