Gardner out, Swisher pinch hits vs. KC

Updated: July 24, 2010, 8:02 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees' regular starting corner outfielders -- left fielder Brett Gardner and right fielder Nick Swisher -- were both out of the starting lineup for Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals because of health reasons.

Gardner, who suffers from acid reflux, had to go to the hospital Saturday morning after having a particularly bad reaction on Friday after eating a pork chop.

Gardner was back on the bench for Saturday's game, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi held him out because he had undergone anesthesia at the hospital as part of his acid reflux treatment.

"He'll be fine tomorrow," Girardi said of Gardner after Saturday's game. "We expect him to play."

Before the game Girardi said Gardner has experienced acid reflux for 14 to 15 years. He felt Gardner would be OK and said he expected him to return to Yankee Stadium in time to come off the bench if needed. But he thought differently because of the medication Gardner took at the hospital.

Swisher, meanwhile, didn't start for the second straight day with a sore left Achilles tendon, but he was able to pinch hit for Marcus Thames in the eighth inning. Swisher flied out to center field, then played right field in the ninth.

"I'm hoping that he'll be OK tomorrow," Girardi said. "But we'll have to evaluate when he comes in and see how he feels. If he still feels ill, I may sit him another day."

In place of Swisher and Gardner, respectively, Thames played right field on Saturday and batted seventh, and Colin Curtis played left field and batted eighth.

Kieran Darcy is a staff writer for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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