Before he was knocked out of the lineup for a few days with a hamstring injury, Nick Swisher was one of the Yankees best and most consistent offensive forces. Since his return to the lineup that has been a different story.
Last night he went 0-for-2 and continued a streak of 17 games where Swisher has hit .175/.235/.254/.489. That’s a far cry from his red hot April where Swish hit .284/.355/.617/.972.
With veterans Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez struggling, the Yankees need him to step up and join Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson as the biggest bats in this lineup. When Swisher struggles, the Yankees don’t win. He’s a big reason why they are struggling these days.
Perhaps the Yankees brought him back too soon. Maybe he needed an actual DL stint to keep his legs healthy. But with Brett Gardner out of the lineup, the Yankees couldn’t afford to be without Swish. He homered against the Royals in his first game back so it certainly seemed like the timing was right, but he hasn’t homered since so maybe it wasn’t.