Via Ben Shpigel -
It has been a disappointing season for [Nick] Swisher, the team’s lone everyday player yet to embark on a hot streak.
Through his first 152 at-bats entering Friday, Swisher was hitting .204 with two homers — none since May 7 — and a .321 on-base percentage. His .289 slugging percentage ranked 175th among the 183 players who were on pace to qualify for the batting title according to Stats, L.L.C., lower than those of Chris Getz, Elvis Andrus, Juan Pierre and Ronny Cedeno. Manager Joe Girardi has repeatedly expressed his faith in Swisher, but on Friday he acknowledged the possibility of a right-field platoon with a left-handed hitter (Chris Dickerson is the most appealing option).
“There’s some different things you could do, but my hope is, let’s get him going,” Girardi said before the Yankees’ game against the Mariners, adding, “We miss his bat in there. There’s no doubt about it.”
Last season Swisher hit .288 with 29 homers and 89 runs batted in. And if his hitting does not improve, the Yankees could seek an upgrade before the July 31 trade deadline, a move that would almost certainly end Swisher’s time with the organization. The Yankees hold a $10.25 million option on him for 2012 with a $1 million buyout.
In conversations with Girardi, Swisher has remained upbeat, his perpetually caffeinated self. When asked Friday about his struggles, Swisher’s response was “you guys shouldn’t be so worried about me.”
A Yankeeland without Nick Swisher?
Hey, it’s a start.