Swisher Homers In First Game Back

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher went 4-for-8 with a home run Wednesday in his first game since being sidelined by a groin injury a week ago.

Swisher had two singles, a double and an opposite field home run to left. He had two walks, batting in both the top and bottom of the inning during the intrasquad game between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton.

“It was nice just bouncing around,” Swisher said. “I’m super excited. It’s the first time I’ve been out here playing.”

Swisher left a game against Toronto on March 14 in the fifth because of left groin tightness. He returned six days later, but hurt his right groin running out a grounder during the third inning of a game  with Pittsburgh.

Swisher said he had no discomfort during running and agility workouts in the outfield Wednesday. He could play in a major league spring training on Friday night.

“I didn’t feel a thing … knock on wood,” Swisher said.

“Even on the double I hit, rounding the base I really tried to stay under control. Not try and do too much right now.”

Swisher was the designated hitter Wednesday and was replaced by a pinch runner each time he reached base.

He had two hits in four at-bats against left-hander Manny Banuelos, and one hit in three at-bats with two walks off
right-hander Brett Marshall. Swisher homered in final at-bat against righty Adam Miller.

The Yankee are also without center fielder Curtis Granderson, who was scratched as a precautionary move from Tuesday night’s game against Toronto because of right elbow soreness. Granderson had an MRI exam on Wednesday, which was negative.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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