Nick Swisher has MRI on elbow

Updated: September 10, 2011, 2:49 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Concerned with how sharp the pain in his left elbow is when he throws, New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher didn't start Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels and instead went for an MRI.

No results from the test were available after the Angels' 2-1 win, but the Yankees will get them Saturday.

"I don't know what it is, so we are going to see the doctor to find out," Swisher said before the game. "I'm not nervous about it, but I would feel much better if the doctor said, 'Look, man, this is what you got. It is going to be OK.' Because I've never had something like this before -- it's more sharp pains."

Swisher described the situation as "scary." Swisher has had the elbow pain for a while, but it became much worse on Thursday in rainy Baltimore. Swisher said he really felt the pain on a Vladimir Guerrero double when he made a throw in the fourth inning.

"I kind of grabbed the ball," said Swisher. "It was a little wet. I kind of grabbed it, just to get it in as fast as possible. I was like, 'That didn't feel right.'"

After Thursday's game, Swisher declined to tell reporters what part of his body was injured.

"I can't hide it anymore," Swisher said.

Swisher is hitting .262 with 22 homers and 80 RBIs. At the end of this season, the Yankees have a team option for a little more than $10 million. Yankees manager Joe Girardi acted as if the injury may not be that severe.

"It is a little bit sore today so we will give him a day," Girardi said.

Swisher hopes that is all it is.

Andruw Jones replaced Swisher in right field, going 0-for-2 with a walk against Angels ace Jered Weaver.

Manager Joe Girardi also pulled catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees' lineup a couple of hours before game time. Cervelli felt a bit dizzy Thursday after blocking the plate in a collision with Baltimore's Nick Markakis, but stayed in the extra-inning game.

Cervelli has had several concussions during his career. Russell Martin replaced him, going 0-for-2 with a walk while catching Bartolo Colon's outstanding seven-inning performance.

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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