Swisher: “I don’t like coming off the field”

Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was forced to exit Tuesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Pirates with tightness in his right groin.

The injury is on the opposite side of the groin from the tightness that had kept Swisher out of the lineup last week. Tuesday marked Swisher’s first game back in action, but he had to leave for a pinch-runner after a third-inning at-bat, legging out a run-scoring infield grounder that was ruled an error.

“It’s frustrating, man,” Swisher said. “I don’t like getting hurt, banged up and missing days, but I’d rather be missing them now than during the season.”

Swisher said that head athletic trainer Steve Donohue told him flexibility may be an issue, and he expected to make some modifications to his program in the weight room after coming into Spring Training having remodeled his body by training with football players in the Los Angeles area.

Swisher said he did not expect to be sent for an MRI on Tuesday, though he had been sent for tests after the initial groin injury. Manager Joe Girardi took no chances, immediately pulling him for pinch-runner Justin Maxwell.

“I don’t like coming off the field,” Swisher said. “It’s not my style.”

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