Yankee right fielder Nick Swisher could return from his strained left hip flexor injury Sunday night against the Red Sox. The normally-exuberant Swisher seemed confident in his post-game press conference, after entering in the bottom of the ninth against Boston closer Alfredo Aceves on Saturday: “I feel good,” he said. “It was nice to get back out there. It was kind of a long day. Just to be able to get one at-bat, I feel good.”
Of course, the at-bat itself did not prove confidence-inducing, as Swisher flailed at a few pitches out of the zone to strike out, but that seemed to be far from the point. Manager Joe Girardi remained adamant that the Yankees were not allowing themselves more time than was necessary for Swisher because of their big lead in the AL East, but rather that they were simply taking care to make sure Swisher was 100% before they brought him back.
If Swisher is in the lineup this evening, it will probably be as the designated hitter, putting off, for one day at least, the inevitable switching of Ichiro Suzuki to left field.
The Yankees take on the Red Sox at 8:00 PM EST in the Bronx. Continue reading Nick Swisher could start tonight against the Red Sox