Knee improved, Swisher back in outfield

Knee improved, Swisher back in outfield

NEW YORK -- As the Yankees returned to the Bronx for their final homestand of the regular season, Nick Swisher was back in right field for the first time since Sept. 11 in Texas.

"It's time to go -- there are two weeks left in the season," Swisher said. "I'm ready to play now."

Swisher has been hindered by stiffness in his left knee since he hit it with a foul ball in Toronto on Aug. 24. In the nearly four weeks since, Swisher has missed six games entirely, appeared only as a pinch-hitter in three others and was pulled after one at-bat in one more. After not starting for four straight games, he was the designated hitter for the final two contests in Baltimore over the weekend.

Swisher, though, is happy he and the team have taken a cautious approach with his knee.

"I'm glad we did exactly what we did because I feel so much better," Swisher said. "That's a good thing to have this late in the season. For me, it's tough not being in there, but then again, would you rather be out there at 90-100 percent or 40-50? We made that decision, and I thought it was the right one. Now we've got ourselves in a good spot."