Nick Swisher used a pair of crutches to hobble out of the Yankees clubhouse yesterday, and his bruised left quad is still stiff enough that he doesn’t expect to be available even as a pinch hitter this afternoon.
“I’ve never felt something like that,” Swisher said. “He got me good, right in that one spot. It was like an instant, feel-like-you’re-going-to-throw-up type feel. I got really nauseous. I don’t know what happened. I started sweating. I know that.”
Swisher was hurt on a play at the plate in the sixth inning, when catcher Jesus Flores’ knee caught Swisher in the side of the leg, just above the left knee. He’ll get treatment all day today — “Stevie and I are going to chill today,” Swisher said — and the hope is that he’ll be able to play tomorrow.
“I don’t think he’s a player for me today, probably can’t even pinch hit, but just go day by day and see how he is,” Joe Girardi said. “… He’s going to be sore. You get a knee to the thigh, you’re going to be sore. He’s going to get a lot of treatment and if we don’t get him back tomorrow, we’ll shoot for Tuesday. Sometimes those things can linger.”
• The Yankees are going for a third straight series sweep, all of them against National League teams. “I think you first have to look at your starting pitching and what they’ve done,” Girardi said. “They’ve been outstanding through this run, and our bullpen has done a very nice job under some conditions where some guys have really had to step up. And our hits have been very, very timely.”
• Speaking of bullpens, Girardi said Dave Robertson is fully available today. Freddy Garcia is not, and Girardi said he’ll have to check with Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley before knowing whether he can use either of them.
• Russell Martin told Girardi that he could play today, but he also admitted that he was sore after taking a ball off his foot yesterday. “If a player hesitates a little bit, that usually tells me they’re probably sorer than they’re letting on,” Girardi said. “I think he’s a player for me today if I need him.”
• Girardi wouldn’t say one way or the other, but this seems to naturally setup Martin to catch CC Sabathia tomorrow. Girardi has said he’d like to begin using Martin and Sabathia together. “At some point I do,” Girardi said. “It may be tomorrow.”
• Today’s starter, Ivan Nova, has been pitching well this month. “I think he’s been effective with his fastball – he’s pitched in more – and his curveball and slider have been very good as well,” Girardi said. “When you have both breaking balls and you can locate your fastball, you’re going to be tough.”
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