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Nick Johnson needs surgery, likely out until July

May 17, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Nick Johnson will undergo wrist surgery tomorrow and is expected to be sidelined until at least July.
Johnson has been in and out of the lineup for a couple weeks now and apparently a recent cortisone shot wasn’t effective. Signed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract this offseason to replace Johnny Damon in the Yankees’ lineup Johnson has a .388 on-base percentage, but is hitting just .167 with eight RBIs and 12 runs in 24 games. Damon, meanwhile, is hitting .288/.403/.424 in 38 games for the Tigers.
Rather than turn to a full-time replacement for Johnson the Yankees have been cycling various regulars through the DH spot, giving guys like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Jorge Posada days off defensively. However, now that Johnson is likely out for a couple months (and perhaps much longer, given his history with injuries) it wouldn’t be surprising to see New York start shopping around for a veteran bat. This looks likely to be the fifth time in nine seasons that Johnson will fail to play 100 games.

  1. BC - May 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Think Jermaine Dye’s phone is going to be ringing soon?

  2. jwb - May 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    July of which year?

  3. Jonny5 - May 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Raul Ibanez could be that man, he’s looking really good lately, C’mon trade him please to make room to keep Werth… C’mon!!!

  4. J Rose - May 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    It’s amazing to me teams keep employing this guy. It’s not a matter of IF he gets hurt, it’s a matter of WHEN, and for how long. The Yanks should have known better.

  5. Josh in DC - May 17, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    You know, it’s hard not to feel bad for the guy. Sure, he’s richer than any of us will ever dream of being. And he’s got that great mustache from his years with the Nats. But he’s kinda cursed.

  6. Pisano - May 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Nick Johnson is the second coming of Carl Pavano . Trust me it’s over for him in New York . If and when he comes off the DL there will be something else wrong with him . The only difference between Johnson and Pavano is Pavano got them for 40 mil. and Johnson is getting them for 5.5 mil . Nothing like the 100 mil. that Dice-k got from Boston , that has to be the biggest screwing of all time .

  7. jwb - May 17, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    To be fair, half of that $100M went to the Seibu Lions as a posting fee and they used the money to renovate their stadium. The renovation included heated toilet seats.

  8. Pisano - May 17, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Isn’t that great ? as I’m writing this post the Yanks are kicking the hell out of dice-k . That was great use of 100 mil.

  9. GimmeSomeSteel - May 17, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    How’s your investment in Kei Igawa working out for your Yankees?

  10. Pisano - May 18, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    I’m the first to admit the Yanks got beat up on that bum . He is far worse than Dice-k , but it was for 40 mil , not 100 + mil. Personally, I feel pitchers of that stature as a rule don’t stick around very long in the majors.

  11. YANKEES1996 - May 18, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    This was absolutely, positively one of the worst moves of the Yankees offseason. I have no frickin’ idea what motivated Cash to go out and sign Nick Johnson for $5 million dollars to DH and give Tex a day off every now and then. Due to the average age of the Yankees there would have been no problem filling the DH spot on a daily basis with any number of guys who hit well and need a day off defensively. Jorge Posada could have spelled Tex since Cervelli was the second catcher. Hell, you could have even let Pena play a little first base, he covers all the other infield positions. If worse came to worse Cashman could have made a secondary offer to Damon, it is not like he didn’t have time.

  12. dp - May 19, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    You’re 100% correct. It’s not like Johnson doesn’t have a history with injuries . Cashman usually makes all the right moves , but this one bit him in the ass . I think the Yanks better forget about Johnson and see who is available . I’ll bet he won’t be back . Good riddance !

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