Nick Swisher was not in the lineup tonight and likely will be sidelined until Friday because of a sore left shoulder, Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Swisher is hitting .265 with two homers and nine RBI in 23 games. He is 4-for-28 in his last seven.

"His left shoulder's been nagging him a little bit,'' Francona said. "We've been playing the heck out of him.''

The Indians finish a two-game set against the Phillies on Wednesday, then have an off-day Thursday before beginning a three-game series against Minnesota.

"I wouldn't be shocked if he doesn't play (Wednesday),'' Francona said.

Francona said Swisher's shoulder issue probably is the result of having been shuttled between right field and first base. Swisher has started six games in right, 12 at first and five as designated hitter. Part of the reason Swisher has played two positions is injuries to teammates. Francona also needed to work in designated hitter Jason Giambi.

Francona said he hesitated at times to move Swisher expressly because of the toll it might take on his throwing arm. Swisher is hitting .208 left-handed, .343 right-handed.

"He always did it, but, especially as his arm started hurting, it became harder for him,'' Francona said. "We'll give him a little blow and see how it does.''