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Nick Johnson may need wrist surgery

May 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

Nick Johnson Yankees.jpgAccording to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Nick Johnson may need surgery to remove inflamed tissue from his right wrist.

Johnson was already expected to miss four weeks, but if the injury requires surgery, he would likely miss an additional four to six weeks, placing his return somewhere around early August. The team is currently hoping that the wrist responds to a recent cortisone shot.

“It’s my intention to learn if [the shot] worked as soon as possible,”
Cashman said on the field at Yankee Stadium before Saturday’s
Yankees-Twins game. “If not, then we want to go right to the surgery.
When healthy, we know what this guy can do, but he can’t do anything for
us right now.”

Johnson, who was signed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract during the winter, was batting .167/.388/.306 with two homers, eight RBI and a 23/24 K/BB ratio before injuring the wrist last Friday against the Red Sox.

Cashman, who said that he “knew what he was getting into” when he signed Johnson, said that for now, the team will use players from the current roster or Triple-A — like Juan Miranda — to take his place in the lineup. I’ll put extra emphasis on for now.

While surgery is a sobering possibility for Bombers fans, the good news is that Nick Swisher was back in the lineup on Saturday and Andy Pettitte didn’t skip a beat in his return to the rotation, tossing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a 7-1 win over the Twins.

  1. dp - May 15, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    It’ hard to believe his degree of injuries . Thank God they only have him signed for this year . I guess you take a chance when you sign a player with a history of injuries . Good luck to the next team that signs him , they’re gonna need it .

  2. YankeesfanLen - May 15, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    The best DH for the Universe is no DH- Posada/Cervelli worked out fine today, keep rotating it among the semi-injured or needs-a-day-off crew.

  3. Paul Martin - May 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Good Grief! Another comment about a Yankee! Give us a break. How about Ricky Romero who dominated the hard hitting Rangers today???

  4. YankeesfanLen - May 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Hey, the Rangers are my AL West team. Can’t the Universe have at least 1/30 the attention here? Or maybe half, Craig’s off so we don’t have to hear about the Braves.

  5. Alan - May 16, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Good grief another anti Yankee comment. Ricky Romero, Ricky Rubio, Ricky Ricardo. Who is he?

  6. Pisano - May 16, 2010 at 5:38 AM

    “When healthy, we know what this guy can do ” The operative word in that phrase is: ” WHEN ” I think this guy was born on the DL. I’d write him off as a bad move and get someone that can stand up for the rest of the year . I guess it could have been worse , they could have paid 100 million and been screwed by Dice-k . I’m just sayin .

  7. Baseball Fan - May 16, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    What a shocker – Nick Johnson is injured! I can’t believe the Yankees let Matsui go in favor of this guy.

  8. Covert - May 16, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    How did he injure himself? He walks every other time up.

  9. justin - May 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    You hit the nail on the head . Cashman has to be saying : ” What the hell was I thinking “

  10. dp - May 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    ” How did he injure himself ? He walks every other time up ” Yeah , but he strikes out the other times . They got hosed on this guy . The problem with him is you can’t trade him because he’s always on the DL. They’re stuck with him , don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play the rest of the year . Does Carl Pavano ring a bell ?

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