Swisher scratched again because of knee

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, walks New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, walks off the field with Nick Swisher, who left the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning after fouling a pitch off his knee. (Aug. 24, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

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Nick Swisher said his left knee felt good when he showed up at the Stadium yesterday. It felt good through some of his early pregame work. That changed when he started running.

"It was fine walking around, jogging," Swisher said. "But once you started to run, it hurt."

Swisher was in Joe Girardi's original lineup but was scratched for a second straight game, replaced in rightfield by Marcus Thames. Lance Berkman replaced Thames as the DH.

While batting lefthanded, Swisher fouled a ball off the inside of his left knee Aug. 24 in Toronto. He sat out the next game but started the next seven before being removed from Thursday's game against the A's.

Swisher, though noticeably discouraged, pointed at the calendar in his locker. "We've got a big schedule ahead of us," he said. "Just want to make sure I'm 100 percent. No use in going 80 percent right now."

Swisher spent the afternoon receiving treatment from the training staff and hopes he can play today. "You get ready, you get all amped up, I thought today was the day," he said. "But it's not. So we'll just wait for tomorrow."

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Kearns dinged

Girardi said he put Thames, who rarely sees time in the field, in right instead of Austin Kearns because the latter has a hand injury. "His thumb's a little sore," he said. "He took some extra BP and bruised it a little bit. He's day-to-day. I asked him after [Friday], are you feeling OK? He said it was a little sore, so I decided to give him a day off."

That worked out pretty well, as Thames gave the Yankees a 7-5 victory with a two-run homer in the seventh.

Extra bases

Girardi said Ivan Nova, who struggled a bit in Friday's start, will start Wednesday . . . Jets linebacker Jason Taylor was a guest of Alex Rodriguez in the clubhouse and on the field before the game . . . Francisco Cervelli doubled twice and scored two runs . . . Robinson Cano's two-run single in the third made him 9-for-15 with 23 RBIs with the bases loaded this season.

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