The Yankees offense was pathetic last week, but they got a boost on Sunday when Nick Swisher returned to the lineup.
The outfielder missed the previous six games with a tight hamstring, but returned as the DH on Sunday and went 1-for-5 with a solo home run. After the game Swisher told reporters that he felt good and hopes to return to right field on Tuesday.
“I don’t like missing any time anyways,” Swisher told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “For it to be something as little as this, maybe we took a couple more days than what we needed to, but hey man, it’s a long season, and you want to be out there every single day you can be.”
It’s really important for Swisher to be in the lineup, not only for his presence, but it means that somebody worse isn’t doing things to hurt the team. Raul Ibanez playing in the outfield for instance (although he was still out there Sunday, at least Eduardo Nunez wasn’t playing). Hopefully they aren’t rushing him back though. The Yankees were 3-4 against two bad teams last week, they can’t afford to lose him again.