Nick Swisher’s best chance to make it back to the Bronx apparently has come and gone.
The Yankees put Chris Parmelee on the disabled list Friday with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain — he is expected to be out at least a month — and recalled righthanded pitcher Chad Green. Swisher, signed in April to a minor-league deal, again was bypassed as the Yankees’ first-base crisis deepens.
“They just felt it wasn’t the right time,” manager Joe Girardi said of the Yankees’ talent evaluators.
That is not surprising.
Swisher, 35, playing on two surgically repaired knees, brought a .238/.266/.339 slash line at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre into action Friday night. When Dustin Ackley — who started the season as Mark Teixeira’s primary backup — got hurt, Swisher was bypassed in favor of Rob Refsnyder. And when Teixeira went down, Parmelee got the call.
“They just said they didn’t think offensively [Swisher] was doing what he’s capable of doing,” Girardi said of the evaluators.
Opposing team scouts have said Swisher simply isn’t moving well enough in the field and hasn’t shown much pop in the bat after some initial success.
Girardi said that as of now, Refsnyder will be the club’s “everyday” first baseman, backed up by Austin Romine, who is the backup catcher. Chase Headley would be an emergency option.
If Teixeira, placed on the disabled list last Saturday with an articular cartilage tear in his right knee, needs surgery and is out for the season, expect the club to explore outside options.
The hope for now with Teixeira is that he can be back on the field in three weeks, though that could change in an instant. He has yet to begin baseball activities of any kind.
“We’re going to try some tee-and-toss next week, then try to move up to [batting practice] and then I would think some ground balls,” Girardi said. “Our goal is to have him baseball- ready in three weeks, but I can’t tell you if that’s going to happen.”