NEW YORK (AP) Former major league outfielder Nick Swisher says he is stepping away from the game to spend time with his wife and two daughters.

In a series of posts to his Twitter account on Saturday, Swisher says he plans to keep training every day and ''evaluate my options for next season at the appropriate time.''

The 35-year-old Swisher hasn't appeared in a major league game this season. He was released by Atlanta late in spring training and signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in April.

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Swisher and his wife, JoAnna, recently welcomed their second daughter, Sailor Stevie.

Swisher, the son of former major league catcher Steve Swisher, made his major league debut with Oakland in 2004. He has 245 homers and 803 RBIs in 1,527 games.