Swisher's bruised left thigh getting better

Swisher's bruised left thigh getting better

NEW YORK -- Nick Swisher attempted to take batting practice on Monday, but he was not able to do so without feeling discomfort in his bruised left thigh.

"It was improved, but I'm not quite there yet," Swisher said.

Swisher was injured on Saturday when he slid into home plate and collided with Nationals catcher Jesus Flores. Swisher limped off the field after the play and later said it "feels like the worst charley horse ever."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he wasn't sure if Swisher would be available to pinch-hit on Monday against the Braves.

"It's a bone bruise. It's going to go away," Girardi said. "Is it another day after [Monday]? Possibly. Do I expect to have him in the next couple days? I do."