Swisher latest to ride Yankees' DH carousel

Swisher latest to ride Yankees' DH carousel

DETROIT -- Nick Swisher was the latest Yankee to find his name in the designated hitter slot on Thursday as the club manages a taxing portion of its schedule.

"I'm just trying to rotate it a little bit, as we have day games after night games," manager Joe Girardi said. "We have 20 in a row; just trying to make sure we keep him healthy as well."

Swisher went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in New York's 12-8 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday and said that he felt instantly at home being elevated back to the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

"It kind of felt like old hat," Swisher said. "I was looking at Jeet [Derek Jeter] in the first inning and it was like, 'Man, feels like old times.' I think it just shows the versatility that we have throughout this lineup.

"You can put me in the six-hole, you can put Curtis [Granderson] in the six-hole; you can mix and match guys all over the lineup. A lot of our approaches to hitting work in a lot of different spots throughout the lineup."

Swisher said that he doesn't have a preference for where he hits in the lineup. Most of his starts this year have come at No. 6, though he has hit in every slot from second to seventh.

"I don't care," Swisher said. "I really haven't had a set spot, I've always been the swing man. It's kind of frustrating sometimes, but you've just got to do what you've got to do."

Eric Chavez, who served as New York's DH in Wednesday's 12-8 victory over the Tigers, slotted back to third base.

With the Blue Jays scheduled to pitch left-handers Ricky Romero and Aaron Laffey on Friday and Saturday, Girardi said he had no qualms about playing Chavez in Thursday's series finale, envisioning giving Chavez days off on the Rogers Centre turf.

"I talk to him on a daily basis," Girardi said. "I talked to him yesterday. I thought about giving him a day off and he came in and said he was ready to go. Knowing we have some lefties coming up, I feel like we can do it."