KANSAS CITY -- Nick Swisher was issued a day off on Friday at Kauffman Stadium, one day after Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought he looked "exhausted" in the late innings of a 4-3 victory over the Royals.
Swisher said that he felt better once he got out of the game, chugged some Gatorade and took a dip in the clubhouse ice bath, but it was his 13-pitch at-bat against Kansas City lefty Bruce Chen in the fifth inning that gassed him. Swisher did not return to play the field in the eighth, but said he could play Friday if needed.
"I think that's why I'm the player and Skip is the manager," Swisher said. "It's easier that way. You show up and play when you play. If he throws you a day off, then you've got to know he's looking out for you and the team."
Girardi said that with the Yankees playing a fourth straight game in sweltering conditions -- the temperature in Kansas City leading up to game time was still flirting with triple digits -- he is considering resting each of his outfielders before the next homestand.
"What are you going to do?" Girardi said. "My guess is they're not going to cancel the game, so you've got to deal with it and watch your players a little closer."
The Yankees couldn't even catch a break from the summer heat during their commute on the highways. The club's bus had faulty air conditioning, so it was spewing hot air all the way during the 30-minute ride to Kauffman Stadium.
"That was the thing, we can't even roll down the windows," Swisher said. "You're like, 'OK, I'm in a sauna. Roll 'em up.'"