Just minutes ago, with manager Joe Girardi, trainer Steve Donohue and strength coordinator Dana Cavalea standing around the cage, Nick Swisher broke out of the box and ran to first base looking much better than he did on Monday. He then went first to third. When Swisher got 90 feet from the plate, the whole group came off the field.
Swisher still seems to be favoring his left leg — it’s more noticeable when he walks than when he runs — and I couldn’t tell whether the group had seen enough to put him in the lineup or had seen enough to give him one more day off. We’ll find out soon, but if nothing else, Swisher looked better than we’ve seen him in the past week and a half.
Also, there’s expected to be an announcement before tonight’s Dodgers game that Don Mattingly will replace Joe Torre as manager next season.