TORONTO — Even with his left toe sore and in a wrap Wednesday afternoon, Brian McCann said he felt “fortunate.”
McCann was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game, though not until four innings later, after taking a foul ball off his left toe in the bottom of the fifth inning.
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A fluoroscope test performed on the toe Tuesday night showed no break and McCann said in an emergency situation he would be available Wednesday night.
“It’s better to be smart,” McCann said of Joe Girardi replacing him with Austin Romine in Wednesday’s lineup.
Girardi said he initially feared the worst Tuesday, though he felt better after McCann had blood drained from underneath the nail to relieve the pressure.
“Obviously you’re worried,” Girardi said. “And I was worried more about how he got hit. If you get hit on top of the toe, you kind of expect there to be blood, but he got hit on the tip and I was concerned he might have a break. We’re pretty fortunate.”
Still, Girardi said his preference was to give McCann a full day off Wednesday.
“But we’ll see what the game dictates,” Girardi added.
Girardi said his third catcher is utility man Ronald Torreyes, who got the start at shortstop Wednesday.
“He doesn’t know that,” Girardi said with a laugh. “Don’t tell him.”
The bullpen entered Wednesday with the best ERA in the majors (0.84), striking out 32 of 85 batters faced. The unit figures to get even stronger May 9 when Aroldis Chapman is eligible to return from the suspension MLB levied in the spring for an alleged domestic violence incident last October.
Chapman appeared in his first extended spring game in Tampa late Wednesday morning and struck out two in a perfect 15-pitch inning. His fastball peaked at 98 mph.
Because Toronto started lefthander J.A. Happ, shortstop Didi Gregorius, off to a solid start this season with a .333/.348/.524 slash line, was replaced in the lineup Wednesday by the righthanded-hitting Torreyes, himself off to a good start (4-for-5).
“Torreyes is playing well,” Girardi said. “And to keep your bench viable, they have to play.”
Swisher to sign Thursday
The signing of Nick Swisher is expected to become official Thursday, GM Brian Cashman said. The Yankees said over the weekend their intent was to sign the outfielder/first baseman, a Yankee from 2009-12, this week to a minor league deal if he passed a physical and assign him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“We’ll see what he has left,” Girardi said.