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Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was removed from Sunday’s game against the Tigers with a tight left hamstring and will undergo a precautionary MRI.
Swisher worked a walk in the third inning against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer and was seen grabbing at the back of his left leg. Manager Joe Girardi wasted little time sending Swisher to the clubhouse, inserting Andruw Jones as a pinch-runner.
Andy Pettitte threw 35 pitches of live batting practice this afternoon, roughly the equivalent of two innings of work, and looked good as he pitched to Nick Swisher and Chris Dickerson.
“It was a good day, a positive day,” Pettitte said. “It’s a step in the right direction.”
Pettitte said that Swisher told him his changeup, four-seamer and sinker were strong, though Pettitte acknowledged he is “a long way from” being ready to drive his legs for 100 or so pitches in a game situation. Joe Girardi seems to be thinking about getting Pettitte into the April 4 game against the Mets.
“It’s not really important for me to get into a game, but I’m excited to get into a game whenever I can,” Pettitte said.
Nick Swisher took batting practice off Andy Pettitte this afternoon, but manager Joe Girardi said that he “didn’t get the feeling he was completely ready to go” as he comes back from a sore groin.
The plan is now to have Swisher try to play Friday night against the Phillies instead, and Swisher could get at-bats in a Minor League game tomorrow. Girardi said that he is “a little bit” concerned that Swisher won’t be set to go for the season opener on April 6, but added, “My sense is he’ll be ready.”
Nick Swisher said that the MRI on his sore groin showed no problems – “Just as we expected,” Swisher said – and that he expects to play in Sunday’s road game against the Orioles in Sarasota.
He was much more effusive in talking about Andy Pettitte’s return. Swisher was screaming at Pettitte on the phone yesterday after the news broke, and the outfielder was caught completely off guard.
“When I found out, how am I not going to call him? What an amazing guy,” Swisher said. “What an amazing sports figure in general. It’s so funny because I played golf with him like two or three weeks ago. We were kind of talking and I was like, ‘Man, you look like you’re in great shape. He was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been working out a little bit.’ Now I know exactly what he was doing.”
Swisher acknowledged he probably couldn’t have kept the secret even if Pettitte had let him in.
“I was like, ‘Are you kidding me, bro? You couldn’t even tell me that?'” Swisher said. “He was like, ‘Come on Swish. You know I couldn’t tell you that.’ We’re all excited. I was super excited just because now you’re bringing back another little core member. It’s great, man. I know a lot of the guys are really, really excited. Me especially. I’m super excited.”
Alex Rodriguez’s thumb issue is continuing to bother him and the Yankees will sit him for 3-4 days on the recommendation of the training staff.
“It’s healing. It’s better than it was whenever I sat out for it,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like there’s a difference between being hurt and playing through bumps and bruises. I’m not concerned playing through bumps and bruises, but even with bumps and bruises, I could do serious damage [at the plate]. With the way I am right now, I don’t think that’s possible.”
Nick Swisher’s MRI showed mild tendinitis, Joe Girardi said. He’ll get looked at again tomorrow but could be back in the lineup on Monday.