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Yankees' Swisher Hopeful Of Returning To Lineup On Friday

SEATTLE (AP/WFAN) — New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher hopes he can return to the lineup this weekend at home against the Boston Red Sox after missing the last five games with a strained left hip flexor.

Swisher hit in the batting cage under Safeco Field on Wednesday and was expected to work out at Yankee Stadium during the Yankees' off-day on Thursday. If there are no setbacks, Swisher believes he could be ready to go on Friday when New York opens a weekend set against the Red Sox.

Once the 31-year-old returns, Yankees manager Joe Girardi intends to slide newly acquired outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from right field over to left field to make room for Swisher. 

Swisher said he expects to take a full batting practice on Thursday and also run the bases to test out his hip. His last game was last Friday when he left the game in the seventh inning.

Yankees fans, are you ready to have Swisher back in the lineup? Be heard in the comments section below...

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