TORONTO (AP) — New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday with a sore left knee.
Swisher fouled a pitch off his knee in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 11-5 win, collapsing to the ground in pain. He took two more pitches before manager Joe Girardi replaced him with Brett Gardner.
Swisher, who is batting .291 with 22 homers and 70 RBIs, took batting practice before Wednesday’s game but was still sore. Curtis Granderson moved up from eighth to hit second and Gardner batted eighth. Gardner started in left field, with Austin Kearns moving to right.
Also Wednesday, Girardi said designated hitter Nick Johnson needs another surgery on his injured right wrist. No schedule for the procedure has been announced.
Johnson, out since May 8, appeared in just 24 games with New York this season, batting .167 with two homers and eight RBI. He had surgery in May to repair an inflamed tendon in his wrist. Johnson had been rehabbing at the Yankees’ spring training facility in Florida when he suffered a setback.
Left-hander Damaso Marte, who has not pitched since July 7 because of a sore shoulder, was too sore to throw a bullpen session Tuesday and will get extra time off before he pitches again, Girardi said. Marte is 0-0 with a 4.08 ERA in 30 games.
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