TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Swisher is spending one week of the offseason as a New York Yankees coach.
Swisher was a guest instructor Monday with the Yankees instructional league team in Tampa, Florida. He worked with players in the new indoor facility at the team’s minor league complex and watched part of an intrasquad game from the dugout.
Swisher is expected to be with team until the season concludes at the end of the week.
Slowed by knee injuries the past several years, Swisher appeared in 76 games with Atlanta and Cleveland in 2014. The 35-year old slugger played in 55 games last season for the Yankees’ Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team, then ended his season in July when his second child was born.
Alex Rodriguez, Orlando Hernandez and Tino Martinez have also been instructional league coaches this year.
MITCHELL ON THE MOUND
Bryan Mitchell started and went 4 1/3 innings in the intrasquad game as Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild watched. Mitchell went 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in five September starts after missing the first five months of the season due to a spring training toe injury that required surgery. The right-hander said he might make one more start before beginning his regular offseason program.
HALL OF FAME INSTRUCTOR
Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson also arrived Monday and talked extensively with outfield prospect Clint Frazier during and after batting practice. Jackson watched the intrasquad game with vice president of player development Gary Denbo and special assignment scout Jim Hendry.