Nick Swisher has no idea what happened between the end of last night’s game and the moment he woke up this morning. He felt perfectly fine when he went to bed, and he can’t remember a play that might have caused any sort of damage.
“I got up to go to the bathroom this morning and I was like, wait, something ain’t right,” he said.
The pain is in his left Achilles. Swisher took batting practice in the cage and said he believes he could pinch hit if necessary, but running is a problem. He’s been getting treatment most of the day and said it feels more loose than it did this morning.
“It’s not like it feels like anything is horrible,” Swisher said. “But anything in your achilles, that’s a scary thing to mess with. It’s a good day to just chill and get as much treatment as I can. Come back here tomorrow and get back after it.”
Swisher said he’s literally been replaying last night’s game to come up with a play that might have hurt him. He jumped for a ball at the wall, and he ran home to score on Mark Teixeira’s eighth-inning single, but neither stands out as a problematic play.
“Doctors got some funky names for stuff,” Swisher said. “I can only tell you it hurts.”
• After cutting his hand and being forced out of his previous start, A.J. Burnett was healthy enough to go through his normal routine this week. He’s not expected to be limited in any way. “He was back on track and he had a bad day last weekend,” Joe Girardi said. “You put that behind and you move on.”
• This will be Brett Gardner’s sixth start as the Yankees lead-off hitter. It will be Derek Jeter’s third game in the No. 2 spot.
• There was some pregame talk about Dave Robertson, who’s been awfully effective in his past few outings, including getting out of a jam last night. Girardi attributed it largely to Robertson being such an effective strikeout pitcher. “He has enough velocity that you have to respect that velocity,” Girardi said. “If you don’t and you’re sitting on the curveball and he throws a fastball, you’re not going to be able to foul it off.”
• Girardi also said the explanation for Mark Teixeira’s turnaround is pretty simple. “To me he’s swung at better pitches,” Girardi said. “Sometimes swinging at bad pitches can be a mechanical thing or sometimes it can be a mental thing where you’re trying too hard. But the bottom line to me is he’s swung and better pitches, and when he’s gotten his pitch he hasn’t missed it.”
• Sergio Mitre will be limited to roughly 90 pitches tomorrow, but Girardi said he will start paying close attention when Mitre gets to 75, which is the most he’s thrown during his rehab assignment. “When you get to that 75, that’s when you start really watching carefully if they’re rolling along or is the sinker straightening out?” Girardi said. “Are his pitches starting to get up in the zone. That next 15 is the uncharted territory so you have to watch carefully, and depending on how hot it is the (limit) might decrease.”
Scott Podsednik LF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Wilson Betemit 3B
Alex Gordon RF
Mike Aviles 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Associated Press photo of Swisher