OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Yankees got a scare with another injured outfielder, but
for now they are hoping it's nothing more than that.
Nick Swisher left Friday night's 3-2 loss against the A's with a mild left hip flexor strain that will keep him out at least a few days.
"He's day to day," manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow to
make a true evaluation. He's not going to be a player for me tomorrow. Hopefully
it's not long."
The Yankees have to be cautious with Swisher because they are already shallow in
outfielders. With Brett Gardner almost certainly out for the season, Raul Ibanez,
40, and Andruw Jones, 35, are in a platoon in left field.
If Swisher is out for an
extended period, the Yankees might be tempted to play both of the veterans on the
corners, which could wear them down.
For now, though, Swisher said he's not thinking this will be a disabled list
"That's not in my vocabulary," Swisher said of the DL.
The Yankees trailed 2-0 in the seventh when Swisher tried to beat out a ground
ball to third baseman Brandon Inge. He said he felt something tug and pulled up before hurting it worse.
"I kind of let up on it, which is good because I don't feel like I really yanked
it," Swisher said. "I just felt like I tugged it rather than making something
two or three weeks. Hopefully it's only two or three days."
Swisher said he was evaluated by the A's team physician. About 30 minutes after
the game, he was in good spirits as he stood in the clubhouse.
"I'm feeling pretty good right now," he said. "I'm walking normal, which is
good. I think it'll be one of those day-to-day things."
Jeff Fletcher is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.