Nick Swisher said he was available to pinch hit this afternoon, but his stiff left knee is still keeping him from moving 100 percent.
“I want to be able to run full speed,” he said. “Even if I can get it up there to 80 or 90 (percent), I’ll be happy with that.”
Joe Girardi waited to speak with Swisher before posting today lineup, and Swisher said he’s hopeful the full day off — and a full day of treatment — will make a difference. “As long as the wins keep coming, you’re able to relax a little more,” he said.
As for tomorrow, it seems possible Swisher will be back in the lineup. Facing a lefty, though — and given Brett Gardner’s and Curtis Granderson’s success — the Yankees could give Austin Kearns another start in right.
“He told me he felt better today,” Girardi said. “We just gave him a day and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”