Swisher targets Wednesday return
Yankees outfielder has been out of action with sore left bicep
NEW YORK -- One more day of serving as the Yankees' biggest cheerleader sounded like a good plan for Nick Swisher, who could finally return to the club's lineup on Wednesday after battling a left bicep strain.
Swisher hit off a tee left-handed in the batting cages underneath Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, which he believed should be a good sign to get him back into the lineup on Wednesday against the Rays.
He had not taken a left-handed swing since leaving Friday's game after one at-bat against Minnesota's Scott Baker, as manager Joe Girardi has protected Swisher from doing further damage to the bicep.
"I'm on board with skip and the trainers," Swisher said. "I'll take [Tuesday] off, come back here [Wednesday], take BP on the field and be ready to play."
Girardi wasn't about to lock Swisher into his lineup on Wednesday against Tampa Bay, but he said it is possible the right fielder could be ready.
"I can't give you an exact date when he's going to be in," Girardi said. "Hopefully it's tomorrow. This is not something that we want to linger on."
Even though he was not in the lineup, Swisher said that he was as excited as anyone in the ninth inning on Monday, when Alex Rodriguez and Marcus Thames belted a pair of two-run homers off Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon to sink the Red Sox in an 11-9 win.
"When you're not playing and the team is winning, it's a lot easier to take," Swisher said.
Posada gets one more day off to rest foot
NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada was out of the Yankees' lineup again on Tuesday, still limping after being hit on the top of his right foot with a foul tip during the club's weekend series against the Twins.
Posada said that he was nicked by a Michael Cuddyer foul ball on Sunday, and that while the pain was initially on top of his foot, the discomfort has moved to the bottom.
"It's swollen," Posada said. "I have no idea. I don't know what it is. The bottom of my foot is barking. ... It still feels funny walking on it."
The Yankees sent Posada for X-rays on Sunday night, which came back negative. Posada is continuing to receive treatment to reduce the swelling, but he was unavailable as a pinch-hitter on Monday. Posada has not swung a bat since the injury.
"We were hopeful that he might be able to play [Tuesday], but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. He's still limping around," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Posada believed that he could be available to come into Tuesday's game against the Red Sox and is expecting to be a player for the Yankees on Wednesday as the Rays come to town for a two-game series.
"I know I can play tomorrow if I'm available today as a pinch-hitter," Posada said. "I just need one more day to feel better and get more treatment."
Posada has had a rough beginning to his season, which he traces back to getting drilled with a fastball from the Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie on April 28 in Baltimore.
That had nothing to do with Cuddyer's foul tip, of course, but Posada said that he believes it did cause the mild calf strain that forced him to leave a game on May 3.
"It all started with getting hit [by] Guthrie," Posada said. "The leg and the calf, I'm pretty sure that hit with Guthrie really triggered my calf [injury]. But hopefully this is it."
Rain doesn't dampen young fan's experience
NEW YORK -- After all he has endured, Jack Williams wasn't going to let a little rain dampen his spirits. The 13-year-old, who was diagnosed with Perthes Disease at age 4 and Ewings Sarcoma last February, had a bright smile on his face as he got the chance to meet several Yankees and watch them take batting practice before Tuesday's game with the Red Sox.
Rain forced the proceedings inside to the batting cages, but that didn't bother Williams. With the help of Starter and the Starlight Children's Foundation, Williams took in batting practice with his father before wheeling into the Yankees' dugout to get a closer look at the home turf of his favorite team.
Decked out in a classic Babe Ruth T-shirt, Williams insisted he didn't have any specific favorite players -- "I just like the team," he said -- but after a little prodding from his father, the youngster admitted he did have a special fondness for Brett Gardner.
"Because of his speed," Williams explained. "I just can't get how fast he is."
Williams said it was "a blast" to see the Yankees win it all last season, and he doesn't see why they can't do it again in 2010.
"They're great," he said. "They can win it all again."
In case they do, Williams had a question prepared for Francisco Cervelli: When did the backup catcher plan to change his number? Cervelli currently sports No. 29, meaning manager Joe Girardi may come asking for it next spring.
Perthes Disease affects blood flow to the hip, causing parts of the hip bone to die. The condition has limited Williams' physical activity but couldn't prevent him from playing baseball, from being an All-Star in his league, or even from hitting his first career over-the-fence home run -- in the All-Star Game to boot.
Williams remembers watching Yankees games since around 2003. When asked for his favorite memory, he thought for a second, mentioned his first trip to Yankee Stadium earlier this season for the team's 12-3 win over the White Sox on May 2, and then settled on one of the more famous moments in recent club lore.
"I would have to say seeing Derek Jeter jump into the stands for that one catch," Williams said, referring to Jeter's famous grab against the Red Sox in 2004.
-- Tim Britton
Aceves better following cortisone shot
NEW YORK -- Reliever Alfredo Aceves received a cortisone shot in the bulging disk in his back last Friday and plans to resume throwing on Thursday. Aceves was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list and hopes to return to action as soon as possible on May 27.
The shot requires six days to determine whether it is enough to stem the pain or not, but Aceves already feels better.
"The cortisone worked a lot and helped me move," Aceves said. "I feel very good since my shot."
-- Tim Britton
Melancon called up to bolster bullpen
NEW YORK -- The Yankees recalled right-hander Mark Melancon from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before Tuesday's game and optioned outfielder Greg Golson to Triple-A.
Melancon, 25, has made one appearance this season for New York, allowing three runs (two earned) in two innings of work on May 2 against the White Sox.
He was 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 15 appearances at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing 21 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 23 innings, with eight walks and 31 strikeouts.
Golson, 24, is batting .400 (2-for-5) in four games with the Yankees this year.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.