Swisher sits Sunday with bone bruise
Outfielder in original lineup, but Girardi decides on day of rest
ARLINGTON -- Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was scratched from the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rangers due to a bone bruise on his left knee.
Swisher was in the Yankees' original lineup, but manager Joe Girardi elected to revise his batting order about an hour before game time.
Having battled the knee issue since Aug. 24 in Toronto, when he fouled a ball off his knee, Swisher had said he saw some improvement but re-aggravated the injury during the Bombers' last homestand.
"I don't like going out there, running around with a limp all over the place," Swisher said. "I can't do that. It's going to start affecting other parts of my body."
Swisher said that he went back to square one when he spun and fell during an at-bat on Wednesday, a contest that later saw him hit a game-winning, walk-off home run to sink the Orioles -- the Yankees' only win in their last seven games.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Swisher has no further tests scheduled, but Swisher said that he does not feel comfortable playing with the knee as is.
"I can't go chasing after a ball in the gap with one leg," Swisher said. "That's not going to do anybody much good. I thought it would get better a lot faster than it has."
Greg Golson was inserted in right field, batting ninth, and went hitless in three at-bats. Alex Rodriguez also received a scheduled off-day, spelled at third base by Eduardo Nunez.
Vazquez to bolster 'pen; next start unclear
ARLINGTON -- The Yankees figured they might need a little extra help in the bullpen Sunday, so Javier Vazquez was sent out there with the rest of the relievers. How long he will stay is unclear.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi declined to say if Vazquez will make his next start, saying only that the rotation has been set through New York's upcoming series with the Rays, and that Vazquez will remain in the 'pen at least for Monday's game.
Vazquez has been shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen this season, making three relief appearances. After going five-plus innings in a no-decision Friday at Texas, Vazquez is 10-9 with a 5.06 ERA overall.
"The way I look at it, if I was pitching great, that wouldn't be an issue," Vazquez said. "Obviously, I'm to blame for not throwing the ball well. I know I can help them in the 'pen, too, so whatever they want to do, I'll do."
Girardi said that he could use Vazquez for about an inning on Sunday if needed. The Yankees' bullpen is short for the Rangers finale, with Mariano Rivera, Kerry Wood, Dave Robertson and Chad Gaudin among those thought to be unavailable.
"There's just things we'll have to decide and see how the next few games go," Girardi said.
Jorge Posada returned to the Yankees' lineup on Sunday after missing three games with concussion-like symptoms after taking a foul tip on Wednesday. Manager Joe Girardi said it would be "somewhat of a temptation" to remove Posada early if possible. ... Brett Gardner anticipates having an MRI performed Monday on his sore right wrist, but was available for defense or pinch-running on Sunday. ... The Yankees recalled utility man Kevin Russo and infielder Juan Miranda from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for Sunday's game. Both players were among the earliest arriving Yankees at Rangers Ballpark, having caught an early-morning flight that had to connect in Detroit.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.