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.