TORONTO -- Curtis Granderson didn't take any extra pride that his homer Tuesday had been launched off a left-handed pitcher, saying that the most important thing was the three runs it brought in.
But Granderson has been chasing more runners around the bases of late, reaping the rewards from a set of changes hitting coach Kevin Long put into his swing during a series at Texas earlier this season.
Since Aug. 12 at Kansas City, when the Yankees put Granderson back in the lineup after he had spent time breaking down the swing in Arlington, Granderson is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with seven runs scored, two doubles, four homers and eight RBIs.
"I'm just trying to get hits and help the team out," Granderson said. "It's one of the things you can't take for granted. ... Everything is taking steps to where we want it to be -- getting more comfortable at the plate, using what we've been working on -- and I just continue to have a chance every time I go up there.
"There's some timing issues that we're still working out, but that's all part of it. It's a good issue to have, because that means we're short and quick. We've just got to allow the ball some time to get there."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he would not be surprised if Granderson -- a 2009 All-Star with the Tigers -- could stay on a hot run to close the season, especially after Long's adjustments seem to have taken hold.
"I saw Kevin and what he did with Swish [Nick Swisher] last year," Girardi said. "Sometimes it's difficult to get a guy right away. You have to go through things and learn their swing before you can make some kinds of adjustments."
Swisher a late scratch with swollen knee
TORONTO -- Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup at Rogers Centre with a swollen left knee.
Swisher was in New York's original lineup for the contest against the Blue Jays, but went through batting practice before being removed from the order.
"It's still a little sore, and with a built in off-day tomorrow, it's the smart thing to do," Swisher said. "With two full days of rest, it gives me the opportunity to rest the leg."
Swisher suffered the injury fouling a ball off himself in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 11-5 victory at Toronto. Swisher stayed in for two more pitches before being removed, leaving a two-strike count for pinch-hitter Brett Gardner, who struck out.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game that he was going to try to use Swisher, hoping he'd get through BP in playable condition.
"He said he's sore, but when you get running around and you get some adrenaline, sometimes things change," Girardi said. "It's not like we're dealing with a pulled muscle."
Center fielder Curtis Granderson moved to the No. 2 hole with Swisher nixed, while Gardner took over in left field, batting eighth. Austin Kearns switched from left field to right field.
Surgery for Johnson ends his season
TORONTO -- Nick Johnson is having another season-ending procedure performed on his right wrist, which will further push back the timetable of the Yankees designated hitter.
Johnson has not played since May, when he had surgery to repair a tendon in the wrist, and suffered another setback in July while swinging a bat in hopes of returning by August.
The Yankees have been proceeding as though Johnson, who turns 32 in September, was not returning this year, and the latest setback confirms that.
Johnson signed a one-year, $5.75 million deal with the Yankees to serve as the club's DH this year, effectively replacing the role Hideki Matsui filled for the World Series champions. Johnson batted just .167 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 24 games.
Damaso Marte (left shoulder inflammation) was "not quite ready" to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, according to manager Joe Girardi, who admitted there is "some concern" Marte may not return this year. The Yankees do still expect him back. ... Javier Vazquez, skipped for Sunday's start at Chicago in favor of rookie Ivan Nova, will be available in relief beginning Wednesday. ... Alfredo Aceves (strained lower back) struggled Tuesday in a rehab appearance for Double-A Trenton, giving up six hits and three runs over 1 1/3 innings. Girardi said reports indicated Aceves -- who won't return before Sept. 1 -- wasn't sharp, but his velocity was good.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.