Martin, Swisher back in for Yankees

Russell Martin was back in the New York Yankees’ lineup on
Tuesday night, Nick Swisher was back in the outfield and Alex
Rodriguez may not be that far away.

”It’s seemed like it all came at once with a few of those
guys,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Martin returned for the AL East leaders on Tuesday night in
Seattle after missing the previous two games and part of a third
after taking a foul ball of his right thumb last Saturday against
the Angels.

Martin’s return is even more important with backup catcher
Francisco Cervelli being placed on the 15-day disabled list
Tuesday, retroactive to last Thursday following a hard collision at
home plate with Baltimore’s Nick Markakis. Cervelli has been
diagnosed with a concussion and is back home in New York
resting.

”I think it’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen
because concussions today have become so unpredictable as to what
is going to happen,” Girardi said. ”Sometimes you think you’re
getting a guy back and then he plays one game and goes right back
to the symptoms.”

Swisher hasn’t been in the outfield for the past four games with
tendinitis flaring up in his left elbow. He sat out three straight
games before playing Monday night’s series opener in Seattle at
first base. He tested out his elbow throwing Tuesday afternoon and
felt healthy enough for Girardi to play him in the outfield.

Rodriguez missed his fourth straight game on Tuesday with
lingering soreness in his left thumb. He’ll sit out the final game
of the series in Seattle and following an off day on Thursday is
expected to be ready for the series opener in Toronto.

”I think Friday is reasonable with Alex and we’ll go from
there,” Girardi said.