Nick Swisher went for what the Yankees are calling a precautionary MRI on his groin/quad injury. The results aren’t yet available — the Yankees expected to hear something by the end of the game — but Swisher was moving pretty easily through the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon.
“I feel like I know my body pretty well,” Swisher said. “In situations like that, you know when something really goes or when something kind of gets nicked a little bit. I feel it’s hopefully just a little strain and then just kind of day-to-day from here.”
The Yankees have already decided that Swisher will sit out the rest of this series in Oakland. At the earliest he’ll be back Monday night in Seattle.
“It’s something we’re just going to have to deal with over the next couple days,” Joe Girardi said. “Depending on what the MRI shows, it will give us a better idea how long it’s probably going to be.”
Swisher said he’s still confident the disabled list will never come into play.
“I feel like I’m one of those guys that I can play through a lot of pain, but I think more than anything, I just want to get back,” Swisher said. “I’ve got to take these next couple of days off, just chill out, and we’ll see what happens in Seattle.”
• The Yankees face a right-handed starter tonight, and the next four nights, which means Dewayne Wise could get some regular playing time as long as Swisher is out. “He’s got a chance to play a lot, that’s for sure,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said he really hasn’t heard a detailed report on Joba Chamberlain’s most recent minor league rehab outing. Chamberlain gave up a couple of runs yesterday, but Girardi said he hasn’t heard anything to concern him. “Everything has went pretty smoothly,” Girardi said. “The fact that he’s been able to throw two innings has been good. I think he threw 32 pitches yesterday, and he used all his pitches, so I don’t see how it could have really went any better.”
• Before they face Bartolo Colon tomorrow afternoon, the Yankees are seeing a lot of the A’s young starters this series. Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin have pitched well the past two nights. Tonight it’s Jarrod Parker’s turn. “They’re all a little bit different,” Girardi said. “The guy we’re going to face tonight has a little bit more power and an excellent changeup. They’re young, they’re throwing the ball well and they’re locating.”
• Speaking of locating, Girardi said that’s the reason the Yankees haven’t been drawing walks out here. It’s not being too aggressive at the plate. The Yankees simply aren’t seeing a ton of pitches out of the zone. “They’re throwing a lot of strikes,” Girardi said. “When you look up there, they’re just throwing a lot of strikes and they’re location. You look at he last two guys we faced, they’re command guys. They don’t have a lot of walks. Something that they’re doing a good job of.”
• Yoenis Cespedes has his batting average up to .304 with 12 homers and 44 RBI. After bursting onto the radar this winter, Cespedes has largely lived up to his billing. “He’s swinging the bat extremely well, and he’s hitting the ball hard,” Girardi said. “The contact that he’s making is hard contact, so whether it’s a ground ball flying through the infield or it’s a home run, he’s swinging the bat really well.”
• Maybe it’s because the Yankees are in first place and it’s the middle of July, but really, things are incredibly quiet around this team. Aside from the Swisher injury, there’s just not much going on here day-to-day.
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