Swisher went through a session of early batting practice with Kevin Long, then he did the regular round of BP with his teammates. It was his second day off in a row, his second day of working on his left-handed swing to try to find some of the consistency that made him so good last year.
“It kind of seems like when you’re struggling, it seems like a lot of people have opinions on what you should do and what you shouldn’t do,” Swisher said. “But I know my guy’s K-Long, and he’s going to tell me everything I need to do. I know if I listen to him and do the things he tells me, I’ll be right back where I need to be.”
Joe Girardi told Swisher that the extended rest was coming, and Swisher said he expects to be back in the lineup tonight. The break was reminiscent of when Curtis Granderson was given a couple of days to work on his swing late last season.
“Sometimes you can just take a deep breath and clear your head, maybe put the last 50 at-bats behind you,” Girardi said. “It gives you a chance to work with Kevin, work on some things and try to get some consistency in your swing so it’s there every day. Sometimes guys just need a mental break. We’ve went the whole year and put him out there every day, so I said, ‘I’m going to try something different now.’”
Swisher’s a big part of this lineup. Andruw Jones hasn’t hit much this year, and Chris Dickerson’s career suggests a very effective platoon player, but not necessarily a Swisher-type everyday guy. The Yankees lineup is full of players hitting below their career averages, but Swisher is the guy whose season most needs a correction to the norm.
“Whether I get to the same numbers I did last year, I’m going to bust my (butt) to get back there, and more,” Swisher said. “That’s kind of my philosophy all the time. Sometimes you run into rough patches, and you learn a lot about yourself. I’m going to keep grinding, keep fighting, make sure I get weights in, make sure I’m getting my extra hitting in, doing all the things I have to to make myself better.”
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