Pregame: Swisher gets good news
- Nick Swisher said that his MRI revealed only more inflammation in his left knee, which he takes as good news. Swisher had a cortisone shot – the first of his life – administered today by assistant trainer Steve Donohue. He doesn’t like the way the needles feel going in (Who does? Do you?) but if this shot does what everyone says it can, Swisher will be a happy man. He said that hearing the MRI results was the first time he’d smiled in the last couple of days.
- Brett Gardner is probably in the same situation he was yesterday – defense and pinch-runner, but no hitting. His right wrist is still a little bit sore but improving, so the Yankees are going to give him one more day of rest and have told him not to swing a bat. Swisher’s probably available to pinch-hit in a Kirk Gibson situation like last night, but they’ll try to stay away from him. Swisher won’t be considered for the lineup until Friday in Baltimore at the earliest.
- For Ivan Nova, tonight is “no doubt his biggest test,” Joe Girardi said. … A little more light on bullpen-gate. Joba Chamberlain was “hot” warming up Saturday, meaning he was ready to come in the game. The Yankees count that as an appearance, so that contributed to why he was not available Monday. … Andy Pettitte pitches tonight for Double-A Trenton. As long as he feels good in five innings or 80 pitches, he’ll be ready to re-join the Yankees in Baltimore. … Chad Gaudin may be the only reliever not available tonight.