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Joe Girardi wants to be sure Nick Swisher has no setbacks

Nick Swisher can't make the catch on Erick

Nick Swisher can't make the catch on Erick Aybar's seventh inning single. (July 15, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Nick Swisher (strained hip flexor) wasn't in the starting lineup for a seventh straight game Saturday night, although Joe Girardi indicated Friday that he probably would play his rightfielder in the middle game of the three-game series against the Red Sox at the Stadium.

Girardi didn't believe Swisher was completely healthy Saturday and wasn't ready to push it. He wants to be convinced that Swisher won't endure any setbacks once he's back in the lineup.

"Our real hope was that in my mind, I would feel that he's 100 percent," Girardi said. "I just don't think he's quite there. We've waited this long. What's maybe one or two more days?"

Swisher said he felt pretty good but understood why Girardi chose to keep him out for at least one more game.

"I don't blame him," he said. "I don't want to go backward. I just want to play."

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