According to Nick Swisher, there’s nothing to see here. His strained hip flexor feels fine, he hasn’t told the Yankees that he needs more time at DH, and the team is simply being extra cautious by keeping him out of the field for a few days.
“We can afford to do this,” Swisher said. “I guess that’s kind of the answer. Why wouldn’t we, I guess. As soon as we get back on the field and we’re playing, you don’t want to leave for the rest of the time. If we can soak up a few DH days, yesterday and today, then maybe tomorrow we’ll go out and play the field just depending on how everything feels. Then we’ll just go from there.”
Girardi paints only a slightly different picture.
“Just from some of the discussions I’ve had with him tells me to continue DHing him,” Girardi said. “I might DH him every day in these next three days. I’m not sure. I’ll continue to discuss it with him and see how he feels.”
Swisher said he hasn’t had any sort of setback and the injury, “feels good, man.” But he’s still spending time on the trainer’s table getting some treatment on that groin/quad/hip situation. He said Girardi is just “helping me out a little bit” by giving him a few more DH days.
“I think you just have to be smart about it,” Girardi said. “And we’ve told him to be smart about it and continue to communicate. Sometimes with playesrs, you have to listen real closely.”
• Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to make another rehab appearance for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday. “I felt ready a month ago,” Chamberlain said. “Now it’s just continuing to get into game situations. You can go into any game situation and be ready, but to go through the experiences and the process that we’ve gone through so far, has helped us to get better and clean some things up. We’ve got to continue to focus on everything that we got to this point. Even when I do get back, it’s to still focus on everything we’ve done to get me back to this point and to keep building on that.”
• Chamberlain said he was encouraged by yesterday’s outing for two reasons: 1. His offspeed stuff showed a little more velocity, and 2. He got up, sat down without getting in the game, then got loose again to pitch the next inning. “That’s something I hadn’t experienced yet, so it was good to get under my belt,” he said.
• Girardi on Chamberlain: “The report we got on him yesterday is he continues to improve. His command has gotten better, his breaking balls have gotten sharper, and I think that’s the important thing. He went, I think, one and a third yesterday, gave up a hit and struck out three and his stuff was pretty good yesterday.”
• Russell Martin gets a standard day off with Freddy Garcia on the mound. Chris Stewart has been regularly catching Garcia.
• Girardi on reports of Andy Pettitte suffering a setback: “Everyone is going to call it a setback. I guess in all situations when you’re healing at one rate and it changes how you feel — when a bone is healing, it’s not always going to go like this (points up). Sometimes it’ll go like this (up and down) a little bit. Same with any strained muscle. We’ve said all along this is a 60-day injury, at least. If you don’t pick up a baseball and throw off a mound for at least six weeks, 60 days is pretty tough to get back by, because you’re talking about 42 days where you have to build a guy back up. As far as a setback, I wouldn’t call it a setback. I think it’s part of the healing process.”
• Girardi said it was always “pushing it” to think Pettitte would miss only 60 days with this injury. He still expects Pettitte back in September.
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