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Kelly Johnson goes on Yankees’ disabled list with groin injury

Jul 23, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

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Kelly Johnson isn’t as needed in the Yankees’ lineup following the trade for Chase Headley and now he won’t be available at all for a while, as the utility man has been placed on the disabled list with a strained groin.

Johnson signed a one-year, $3 million deal this offseason and has played all over the diamond, starting games at third base, first base, left field, and right field.

He’s hit just .219 with six homers and a .677 OPS in 77 games, which is no doubt part of why the Yankees felt the need to find an upgrade in Headley and why Johnson will likely be a part-time player whenever he does return.

  1. mazblast - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Well, isn’t that convenient, Johnson getting “hurt” at the same time the Yankees acquire Headley.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      The Yankees had already made room for Headley on their roster when they sent Solarte to the Padres as part of the trade. You need to look somewhere else if you are looking for some sort of conspiracy here.

      • mazblast - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        No conspiracy. Lots of teams, maybe even most do this.

  2. uyf1950 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Maybe now the Yankees will give Kyle Roller a 1st baseman by trade in the minors a shot a backing up Tex at 1st base. We’ll see.

    • chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Nope, they called up a pitcher instead. Most likely if they make another move tomorrow it will be to call up Zoilo Almonte and then not play him.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        That was literally just a call up for tonight and maybe tomorrow. Since the Yankees have used all their bullpen arms over the past 2 days. He’s not going to stay up for the duration of Johnson’s DL stint.

        With the call up you are referring to the Yankees have 13 pitchers on their 25 man roster that’s not something they will stick with.

      • chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        I know, I’m saying after tonight they’ll DFA Leroux and call up Almonte who will then sit on the bench while Ichrio plays RF.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Almonte’s an option once they send Leroux back down, but I don’t think he will be their 1st choice. We’ll see.

  3. pete2112 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I’m not sure what everyone else thought about the Kelly Johnson signing at the beginning of the season, but he did fill the need to play a lot of different positions when needed.. not always played well but better than not having anyone there. His offense and power just weren’t there which is unfortunate. I’m sure he’ll be back for some spot starts when he comes off the DL.

    • chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      I thought it was a good pick up. I think Cashman was envisioning a left handed Mark Reynolds with a little more defensive versatility. He just never got on track and he hasn’t been good defensively at any position.

      • mazblast - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        This was exactly what Cashman should have expected. The issue with Johnson isn’t his defense (he’s consistently mediocre in many positions), it’s whether he will have his hot streaks to go with his lonnnnnnngggg slumps. Cashman was hoping to catch “lightning in a bottle” like he did with Vernon Wells last year (was it only last year?) and didn’t.

        When you have tons of money and no minor league talent getting held up, you can do this sort of thing.

  4. jfk69 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    3 million while paying 18 year old draft picks millions who might never pan out is a deal in the new baseball salary structure.

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