Swisher out with sore right wrist

Swisher out with sore right wrist

CLEVELAND -- Nick Swisher has encountered another obstacle in his trying season with the Tribe.

Swisher was out of Monday's lineup against the Reds due to soreness in his right wrist, which he hurt while swinging during a sixth-inning strikeout against Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish on Sunday. Swisher already dealt with knee issues, a season-long slump at the plate and a relegation to designated-hitter duties this year.

"Hopefully, I'm back in there [Tuesday]," Swisher said before Monday's game. "But, if we need to take a couple days to get it right, we'll do that. We'll be smart about it."

Indians manager Terry Francona said the hope is that Swisher will at least be deemed available off the bench by Tuesday, because Cleveland is set to open a two-game road Interleague set against Cincinnati on Wednesday. Francona said he is "hesitant" to head into the National League format with a short-handed bench.

Through 93 games, Swisher has hit .212 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs, piling up 106 strikeouts against 36 walks. Including Sunday's 0-for-3 showing with three strikeouts, though, the veteran DH had a .333 (8-for-24) average with two doubles and two RBIs in his past seven games.

Swisher said his wrist felt improve Monday morning, but there was still some soreness.

"He said he's feeling better, which is a really good sign," Francona said. "He was examined after the game. If he would've woke up and felt worse [Monday], we would've had a hand specialist on standby. So, we'll give him the game down today, see how he feels [Tuesday].

"As long as he can be available in the next day or so, that sort of takes a little bit of pressure off."

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