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Nick Swisher returns to Yanks' starting lineup tonight

Sep 18, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Nick Swisher is back in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for tonight’s game against the Orioles.

Swisher has made two appearances as a pinch-hitter this week, including last night, however he hasn’t started a game since last Saturday due to recurring soreness in his left knee. He received a cortisone shot in the knee on Tuesday and an MRI revealed only inflammation.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that Swisher still wasn’t 100 percent running the bases, so it makes plenty of sense to ease him back into the lineup as the DH until he is ready to play the outfield again.

Swisher, 29, is batting .287/.360/.514 with 26 homers, 82 RBI and an 874 OPS this season.

  1. Pisano - Sep 18, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Thank God , that means we won’t have to watch Austin Kerns strike out three or four times tonight . It’s no wonder Cleveland got rid of him , but the big question is why did the Yankees acquire him ?

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