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Swisher expects to test market

TAMPA — Yankees RF Nick Swisher, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, said Sunday he will not try to negotiate a new contract during the season and expects to become a free agent, ESPN reported.

"The Yankees aren't traditionally an organization that does do multiyears in the middle of a contract," Swisher said. "They are a team that you're going to have to test the free-agent market. You're going to have to because that's how the Yankees work."

The Yankees generally don't discuss contract extensions during the season. They had talks this spring with C Russell Martin about a multiyear deal, according to ESPN, but decided to wait until after the season.

Swisher, 31, said he would not instruct his agent, Dan Lozano, to contact the Yankees about a possible extension.

"That's not my style, man. I don't force the issue," he said. "I just go and play the game and I'll cross that bridge when I come to it."

Phils: Howard checkup

CLEARWATER — Phillies 1B Ryan Howard will visit foot specialist Mark Myerson today in Baltimore, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Team trainer Scott Sheridan said Philadelphia was planning to send the slugger for a follow-up visit even before a post-surgery problem surfaced in recent days.

"The last couple days, he developed what we think is a delayed reaction to his sutures," Sheridan said. "He has an open wound that isn't healing the way we want it to … and we have to get that evaluated. Mark will evaluate him and we'll determine what his treatment plan is from there."

GM Ruben Amaro described Howard's condition as seroma, or a pocket of clear fluid that sometimes develops in an area after surgery. Sheridan said it is common, especially after Achilles' tendon surgery.

LEE UPDATE: After skipping a scheduled bullpen session due to abdominal soreness, LHP Cliff Lee threw about 40 pitches in a side session with no problems.

Jays: Nicked up

DUNEDIN — Several Blue Jays players had minor injuries on the first day that pitchers threw live batting practice.

RHP Carlos Villanueva missed the workout because of a mysterious hand injury, but tests came back negative and he expects to be at full strength today.

During his bullpen session Saturday, Villanueva felt a cold sensation in his hand that the club though might be related to poor circulation.

"He went through a number of tests (Saturday) and everything turned out — as far as the results went — fine," manager John Farrell told "He's going to be re-examined (today) and we'll have more of an update at that point."

RHP Henderson Alvarez took a ball off his right foot while playing catch with LHP Luis Perez. Alvarez was carted off as a precaution but should return to action today.

And OF Anthony Gose, one of Toronto's top prospects, was sidelined with a blister on his right hand and sported a large bandage.

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Swisher expects to test market 02/26/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:22pm]
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