Nick Swisher (knee) scratched

Updated: September 4, 2010, 12:26 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Nick Swisher was scratched from the New York Yankees lineup about an hour before the start of Saturday's Yankees-Blue Jays game with a recurrence of the stiffness and soreness in his left knee that caused him to leave Thursday's game after one at-bat.

Swisher originally suffered the injury, described as a bruise, Aug. 24 in Toronto after he fouled a pitch off the top of his knee. He missed the game the following day and left one other game early before Thursday night. He did not play Friday but came to the park expecting to play Saturday and was in the original starting lineup before experiencing pain during pregame warm-ups. He said he would be available to pinch-hit if needed.

In the clubhouse, the normally-effusive Swisher was subdued. "It's fine jogging around but once I start to run, it hurts," he said. "It's discouraging because you come out here, you get all amped up, and then you can't go. I thought today was the day, but it's not."

In Swisher's place, Marcus Thames, originally the designated hitter, was moved to right field and Lance Berkman, recently back from the DL after spraining an ankle Aug. 15, was inserted in as the DH. Swisher said no tests have been done on the knee and did not anticipate any.

"I'll just continue with the treatment and wait to see how it is tomorrow," he said. "We got a big schedule ahead of us and I just want to make sure I'm 100 percent. No use going 80 percent now."

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