MRI on elbow will clarify Swisher's injury
Yanks hope right fielder can return to lineup on Saturday
ANAHEIM -- Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher said he felt "sharp pain" in his left elbow after making a throw on Thursday and had an MRI exam performed after the team arrived at Angel Stadium on Friday.
Swisher said that his elbow has been sore for some time, but he felt something different after firing a fourth-inning Vladimir Guerrero double back to the infield during a 5-4 loss to the Orioles in Baltimore.
"It's just scary -- I've never had something like that," said Swisher, who was seen by an Angels team physician on Friday.
The Yankees said that Swisher's MRI results would be announced on Saturday. Before New York's 2-1 loss to the Angels, manager Joe Girardi said that he was hoping to get Swisher back in the lineup for Saturday's game.
"It might be a day or two, would be my guess," Girardi said. "He's had [soreness], and it goes away. We'll go from there. ... The good thing is that it goes away, but you never know when it's going to reoccur."
Swisher said that the soreness bothered him more while throwing than hitting, but he acknowledged some panic after feeling pain.
"I grabbed the ball and it was a little wet, and I kind of grabbed it to get it in as fast as possible," Swisher said. "I threw it and was like, 'Wow, that didn't feel right.'"
Swisher spent most of Friday afternoon receiving treatment in the visitors' clubhouse.
"Right now, man, it's such a crucial time in the season," Swisher said. "The last thing I want to do is go down right now. If we need to take a day or maybe need to take another day, it just depends on what the doc says."
Called up to Yanks, Betances ready if needed
ANAHEIM -- Before Dellin Betances boarded a cross-country flight for his first Major League callup, the right-hander prepared by playing catch with his brother, Anthony, in a Teaneck, N.J., parking lot.
Betances wanted to knock the rust off, hoping to be prepared just in case the Yankees wanted to use him on Friday at Angel Stadium. Chances are that he'll take in the game as an observer, but you never know.
"I'm ready if they call my name," Betances said. "I'll definitely be ready. I know what's the situation, but I'm just going out there today, and I'm just happy to be here."
Betances, 23, is the Yankees' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com. He went a combined 4-9 with a 3.70 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, striking out 142. Opponents combined to bat .217 off Betances, though he struggled at Triple-A, where he was 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA in four starts.
"I feel like it was definitely a grind, a battle, an up-and-down year," Betances said. "[I was] just inconsistent. It's one of those things that, I worked hard mechanically, and I feel a lot better now.
"I definitely accomplished my goals, which [were] to come here and stay healthy throughout the year. Those two goals were my main focus, and thank God everything has gone well."
While most of Betances' experiences the rest of the month may just be to get a taste of big league life, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he'd consider putting Betances in a game.
"If we need him, we're going to use him," Girardi said. "He's been a starter in his career, so he really hasn't pitched out of the bullpen. If we got a long-relief situation, we could use him for a couple innings and maybe get his feet wet."
Girardi said that if he were to use Betances, it would be in a situation where the right-hander would have plenty of time to warm up, though Betances pointed out that he did pitch in relief in the Eastern League All-Star Game.
"I'll be ready -- it's just kind of the same thing, just try to throw less pitches," Betances said. "It's definitely a different warmup process, but I'll just try to get advice from these guys that have been doing it for years."
Betances will be the last of the Yankees' September callups this year. The team discussed promoting left-hander Manny Banuelos but decided not to, Girardi said.
Girardi eager to see more of Montero
ANAHEIM -- The Yankees have enjoyed their initial looks at Jesus Montero in a big league setting, and more appears to be on the way.
Manager Joe Girardi started Montero as the designated hitter on Friday against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver and hinted that he may play the 21-year-old -- the Yankees' top prospect -- twice during this series at Angel Stadium.
"I think you want to see more," Girardi said. "You don't want him to sit too long between games, either. You want to get him back in there. He's swung the bat very well, showed patience and showed the ability to make adjustments."
Montero entered Friday having hit in four straight games, going 6-for-13 with four runs scored, two homers and five RBIs. That's no surprise to right-hander Dellin Betances, who is quite familiar with the slugger's promise.
"I've played with him since 2007, and I know what he can do," Betances said. "I'm definitely happy for him and I know what he can do, especially with the bat. He's a dangerous hitter.
A lot of guys compare him kind of to Miguel Cabrera, and I know he can definitely be a great hitter at the Major League level."
Girardi said that he still may look to put Montero behind the plate to catch at some point.
"It might be something I do," Girardi said. "Probably not in a starting situation, but it might be something I do."
CC Sabathia's "PitCCh In" Foundation donated new backpacks filled with school supplies to 1,700 New York-area students. With Sabathia required to be in Baltimore on Thursday for the Yankees' makeup game, a presentation was made by his wife, Amber, at P.S. 106 Parkchester in the Bronx.
Right-hander David Robertson has been nominated as the Yankees' candidate for the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, via the Major League Baseball Players Association. Fans are encouraged to cast their vote among the nominees.
Girardi said that with his bullpen weary from the Yankees' recent stretch, he may be more inclined to use a young pitcher -- Andrew Brackman, George Kontos or Betances -- if the team needs distance in relief this weekend.