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Swisher slated to return after All-Star break

Nick Swisher will miss his second consecutive game on Sunday afternoon with a left quadriceps injury, but the 30-year-old says he’ll be back in the lineup after the All-Star break.

“I feel good (Sunday), but we’ve got three days (of rest) coming up too so I don’t see the point of rushing it,” Swisher said. “Either way, I’ll just get back after the break.

Swisher, who has been undergoing “a lot” of treatment on his left quadriceps since he suffered the injury on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays trying to dig a ball out of the right field corner in the first inning, wasn’t asked by manager Joe Girardi if he could play.

“I think it was kind of unsaid thing,” Swisher said. “It was like we’re just gonna take the rest of this time off here. As much as you wouldn’t want that to happen you gotta get better, you gotta get better. Why not take those three days and rest your body and your mind for that second half push?

Swisher said he is available to pinch-hit, but that seems like an unlikely scenario.

“Our thought process is that he’ll be back when we get back from the All-Star break,” Girardi said. “He said he was better (Saturday). Our hope is he’ll be back on Thursday in Toronto.”

This season, Swisher is batting .249 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs. In his last 17 games, he’s batting .323 (20-for-62).