As you can see in the grainy photo above, the Yankees are on the field for this evening’s optional workout. Most players are in attendance, including Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, and Jerry Hairston. That’s Cano in the cage, pictured above.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: As I mentioned before, most Yankees are in the house for today’s workout. Chief among them is a struggling Nick Swisher, who, after making the final out of Game 5 with the bases loaded, sunk even further into his postseason swoon. Swisher said if he and Kevin Long knew how to correct where it went south, they would. The only solution? “Hits,” Swisher said. He wasn’t kidding.
Later in the clip, someone asked Swisher if he showed up at the park today to get out of his funk. It seemed like a rhetorical question for someone who is 3 for 29 this postseason with one extra-base hit, no homers, three walks and 10 strikeouts.
“Hell yeah,” Swisher said. Listen to more from the right fielder here:
The scrum then moved over to Jeter’s locker. The captain said he felt better but he never reveals much on physical problems anyway. He had more to say about the position the Yankees find themselves in, one both he and Posada appeared comfortable with. They both knew this would turn into a tough series and feel confident in their club’s chances up 3-2 at home.
Both Jeter and Posada discuss their belief in Pettitte. Posada also said he will talk to Phil Hughes before Game 6, hoping to set the right-hander’s mind right after another tough outing.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: The Yankees will be leaving the field soon. They are just taking their last swings. I will be downstairs for Joe Girardi and about 45 more minutes of clubhouse time. There will be audio from Girardi and a few leftover thoughts upon my return.