Swisher felt fine in batting cage, may not return until Saturday

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Game 98: Without Alex

Via Meredith Marakovits and George King, outfielder Nick Swisher took some swings in the batting cage yesterday and everything went well. He’s nursing a mild left hip flexor strain. Swisher won’t play today and Joe Girardi indicated that he will return to the lineup “probably Friday or Saturday.” The Yankees are off tomorrow and open a three-game series with the Red Sox at home on Friday.

With Alex Rodriguez going down for several weeks with his hand fracture, the club needs to get Swisher back into the lineup pretty soon to add some depth and power. He, Mark Teixeira, and Andruw Jones are the team’s only consistently sources of right-handed power at the moment, and of course the first two are switch-hitters while Jones only starts against lefties. A lineup without Swisher and A-Rod is quite short, so hopefully it doesn’t last very long.

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Game 98: Without Alex
  • Eddard

    Swisher’s going to have to step up. As much as people like him, he has the same WAR as Ichrio, who everyone bashes as a washed up. Swisher is supposed to be in his prime and he’s in a contract year so he needs to start hitting like it. He will be hitting 5th now so he needs to produce.

    • Jersey Joe

      Before A-Rod got injured, I was saying that the team can live with Swisher’s so-so production and possibly resign him for cheaper than expected.

      However now I definitely agree with you. We need a #5 hitter badly.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      He will be hitting 5th now …

      Thanks for providing your managerial decision with us Mr. Girardi …

      • Eddard

        Where else is he going to hit? Vs righties he’ll definitely hit 5th. Vs lefties they could move him up to 2nd and Granderson down. Either way, he needs to step up.

        • Anthony

          Why do you think Girardi would tweak the lineup like that depending on the handedness of pitcher? Can you elaborate? Not disagreeing with you, just want to understand why.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Could be 6th if they move Ichiro into the 1 or 2 hole. We’ll see what Girardi does with the line up as the season progresses. And he hasn’t done poorly. Everybody needs to step up when a key player is injured.

    • RetroRob

      Curtis Granderson has the same fWAR as Ichiro, too.

      WAR is an interesting stat, but also flawed.

  • Jersey Joe

    When Swish gets back, would it make sense to move Ichiro to left field, at least at YS3 where there’s more outfield to cover, or has Ichiro’s fielding decreased to a point where he and Swisher have similar fielding statistics?

    • Eddard

      Ichiro is the superior fielder and has the better arm so he should be playing right. Hence, Joe will either put Ichiro in left or he’ll switch the two between right and left field every inning.

      • jjyank

        If he’s the superior fielder, shouldn’t he be in left? Left field is bigger at YS3 than right.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Range is only one part of fielding.

          • Steve (different one)

            This is true. But it’s the most important part.

            • RetroRob

              Bingo.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      I think we’ve seen comments from the organization stating that Ichiro would be in LF at YSIII. Not sure if he stays there or they play he and Swish in the appropriate OF postion based on stadium. That wasn’t really mentioned in what I have seen.

  • Robert

    I say let these old guys play out the season,maybe we catch lightning in a bottle and win it all.
    There are some very exciting and talanted position players just 2 years away from the Bronx,being a life long Yankee fan I say do not trade the farm for overpriced super stars……
    Maybe Joba,Petitte and AROD come back strong in September!!!!

  • JonS

    Wait…Arod was a power bat?

    -Stuart

  • http://aol amanda

    caswishers played 3rd base before right ?

    • Steve (different one)

      He throws LHed…

  • Cappy

    “A lineup without Swisher and A-Rod is quite short, so hopefully it doesn’t last very long.”

    Quite short? Short for the Yankees maybe… Otherwise I’d say its quite the norm for every other team.