Already without Xavier Nady, their starting right fielder, the Yankees on Friday evening lost Nick Swisher for an indefinite amount of time. Swisher left Friday's game prior to the third inning with a right elbow bruise after being hit on the elbow by a Jered Weaver pitch in the first.
X-rays were negative and Swisher is listed as day-to-day, though Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be surprised if Swisher took the field Saturday.
"He got hit right behind the elbow, and that can be an extremely tender spot," Girardi said. "He's day-to-day. I'd probably be surprised if he can play [Saturday], but we'll see."
Swisher remained in the game for another inning after being hit by the pitch, but did not join his teammates on the field for the top of the third. Melky Cabrera moved from center field to right field to take his spot, and Brett Gardner entered the game in center.
The Yankees will reevaluate Swisher on Saturday morning when they have a better indication of how swollen his elbow is. It's possible that the switch-hitting Swisher could play again Sunday against left-hander Joe Saunders if he does not feel as much pain batting from the right side.
"It might be a day, it might be two days, it might be three days," Girardi said. "But it's not something that you're going to panic over, because there's nothing broken."
Some concern seemed apparent when, shortly after Swisher's injury, first baseman Juan Miranda was removed from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's game against Norfolk. But Miranda left the game with an upset stomach, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune, and had not been summoned to the Bronx.
Two hours to the east, the Yankees were simply hoping for their right fielder's quick recovery. Swisher had all but carried them throughout the first month of the season, batting .312 with a team-leading seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Nady, who won the starting right-field job over Swisher in Spring Training, is rehabbing a ligament strain in his right elbow, with no timetable for his return.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.