Swisher unable to play because of charley horse
WASHINGTON -- The crutches were gone, but Nick Swisher still was in no condition to play Sunday.
"Real stiff," Swisher said before the Yankees' 4-1 victory over the Nationals. "Feels like the worst charley horse ever."
Swisher limped off the field after being called out on a play at the plate in the top of the sixth inning Saturday, leaving with what was called a left quad contusion after catcher Jesus Flores' knee hit his thigh.
Swisher said "I had a hard time moving [Saturday]'' but emphatically said he doesn't think he's headed for the disabled list.
"Feels way better today than yesterday," said Swisher, who continued to walk with a pronounced limp. "Just one of those deep things, you have to get the soreness out. So Stevie and I are going to chill today and just hopefully get back in there tomorrow."
Girardi was encouraged by what he heard from Swisher.
"I was,'' Girardi said. "But he's going to be sore. You get a knee to the thigh, you're going to be sore. He's got to get a lot of treatment, and if we don't get him back [Monday], we'll shoot for Tuesday. Sometimes those things can linger. We'll just go day by day."
Check thatIf baseball had the kind of expanded replay that many have called for, the Yankees well might have lost Saturday's game. Replays clearly showed that Tyler Moore beat Russell Martin's tag at the plate in the eighth inning, keeping the score tied at 3-3.
Girardi endorses more replay. "There's talk how it would slow the game down,'' he said. "I think it would speed it up because I don't think we would argue [as much]. And I think the umpires are under so much scrutiny, I think their job is harder now than it's ever been because you can slow everything down."
Father's DayGirardi's son Dante, 10, was on Long Island on Sunday at Baseball Heaven for a game with his travel team.
"My son's playing baseball today,'' Girardi said. "I wish I could be there, but I get texts every 10 minutes how he's doing."
Day off for MartinAfter catching Saturday's 14-inning marathon, Martin was given the day off. Girardi said the long game and the fact that Martin fouled a ball off his right foot and felt some soreness Sunday were the primary reasons for the rest.
"It's good," Martin said of his foot.
Sitting also lines up Martin to catch CC Sabathia, which he hasn't done since April 10, on Monday.