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Foul off leg forces Swisher out early

Foul off leg forces Swisher out early

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TORONTO -- Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher left Tuesday's 11-5 win over the Blue Jays in the middle of a seventh-inning at-bat after fouling back-to-back pitches off his left leg.

With two outs in the seventh, Swisher fouled a 1-2 offering from Jays reliever Casey Janssen off his left knee. Swisher instantly fell to the ground in obvious pain, prompting manager Joe Girardi along with the Yankees' training staff to run to the outfielder's aid. After a couple of minutes of hobbling around, Swisher acknowledged to the staff that he was OK and remained in the game.

Seconds after settling into the batter's box, Swisher fouled another Janssen pitch off his left foot. Though the second blow did not appear to faze Swisher nearly as much as the first, with an 11-2 lead at the time, Girardi jumped out of the dugout and -- almost forcefully -- removed Swisher from the blowout.

"It's part of the game," Swisher said of the unlucky sequence after the game. "When you go out and play every day, some things are going to happen. I feel fine -- it just swelled up a little bit. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow morning and see how it feels."

Swisher, who has garnered a reputation as a gamer, was optimistic about playing in Wednesday's series finale. He had treatment performed following the game and will have his left knee reevaluated on Wednesday morning.

Brett Gardner, who entered the game as Swisher's replacement, struck out to finish the at-bat.

-- James Hall

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