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Yankees designated hitter Nick Johnson is unlikely to return to action before the first week of June and could be out until August.

 

 

 

Johnson's sore right wrist may require surgery to remove inflamed tissue, GM Brian Cashman said. The surgery would keep him out four to six weeks on top of the month he already is expected to miss.

 

 

 

 

 

Cashman said Johnson got a cortisone shot in the wrist last weekend in Boston, but it will not be known for a couple of weeks if that treatment was effective.

 

 

 

 

 

If not, then Johnson is headed under the knife for at least the third time in his injury-plagued career.

 

 

 

 

 

"It's my intention to learn if [the shot] worked as soon as possible," Cashman said before Saturday's win over the Twins. "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."

 

 

 

 

 

The Yankees signed Johnson to a one-year, $5.5 million deal after failing to come to terms with Johnny Damon, whose No. 2 spot in the lineup Johnson was expected to fill.

 

But Johnson struggled in the first 24 games of the season, hitting .167 with two homers and eight RBIs, plus 23 strikeouts in 73 at-bats.

 

 

 

 

 

He went on the disabled list May 8 after a game in Boston, his ninth trip to the DL in nine seasons. Johnson had surgery on the same wrist on his first tour of duty with the Yankees -- although Cashman said it was in a different area. Johnson also had surgery to repair a broken femur with the Washington Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

"He'd be a $15 million a year player if he didn't have this history of injuries," Cashman said. "Instead you get what you get. When he's healthy you get a real productive bat but at the same time you have to deal with this, too. I knew what I was getting into when I started this thing."

 

 

 

 

 

Cashman said for now, Juan Miranda, a 27-year-old Cuban defector added to the roster from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, would serve as Johnson's replacement.

 

 

 

 

 

"Juan's got ability and he's been waiting for an opportunity, so he's got it now," Cashman said. "For now, any problems we have will have to be handled with the roster or Triple-A. Nobody's interested in doing any business this early in the season. Before June 15, you're basically on your own."

 

 

 

 

 

The injury news out of the Yankees' clubhouse wasn't all bad, though. Center fielder Curtis Granderson, on the DL since May 2 with a strain of the left groin, ran eight sprints at the stadium Friday and hit off a tee for the first time since the injury and declared himself ready for the next phase of his rehab.

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm excited with how everything went," Granderson said. "But we still have to be cautious with it."

 

 

 

 

 

Granderson, who hoped to try running the bases as early as Sunday, could not put a timetable on when he might be ready to return. "It all depends on whether we have any setbacks," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

Reliever Chan Ho Park, out since April 16 with a hamstring strain, completed his rehab assignment with Scranton Wilkes-Barre Friday night and is expected to be activated in time for Sunday afternoon's game with the Twins.

 

 

 

 

 

"He does have a history of hamstring injuries, and it would be unrealistic to think it won't happen again at some point," Cashman said. "But when he's healthy, he's going to help us."

 

 

 

 

 

And right fielder Nick Swisher, troubled the past few games by soreness in his left bicep and removed from Friday night's game against the Twins and taken to a hospital for an MRI exam, was back in the lineup Saturday after taking batting practice.

 

 

 

 

 

Swisher, who felt pain Friday night on a swing-and-miss while batting lefty against right-hander Scott Baker, said he thought he could swing pain-free from the right side against Saturday's starter, left-hander Francisco Liriano.

 

 

 

 

 

When asked if he would be able to stay in the game if the Twins went to a right-handed reliever, he said: "I don't know. I really don't."

 

 

 

 

 

"I don't feel it swinging righty but I do lefty," Swisher added. "I've never had anything like it before. It's literally in the head of the bicep."

 

 

 

 

 

Swisher said the MRI showed no tear, just a slight strain of the biceps. But it still clearly bothered him somewhat, and he asked a clubhouse attendant for a pressure sleeve to wear over the injury before donning his uniform.

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm the kind of guy, man, I just want to be in the lineup," he said. "It's frustrating when you want to be in the there, but you also got to be careful. You don't want to turn two to three days into two to three months. We got a lot of guys down and I don't want to add to the list."

 

 

 

 

 

Rounding out the injury report is right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves, who was placed on the DL Wednesday in Detroit with soreness in his lower back.

 

Aceves received an epidural injection on Friday and will need at least a week or more before he can resume baseball activities.

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The marlins are looking pretty good so far in the decisions not to bring back certain players.

 

 

Yeah, this.

 

As big a fan as I was of Kiko Calero and Nick Johnson last year, it has shown to be clearly the correct decision not to bring them back. Meanwhile, Uggla's been tearing the roof off the sucker.

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The only guy (at least from last year's team) that was let go who has done well is Matt Lindstrom. While it's nice to look at his #'s and obviously want him back, it's also no guarantee he'd be doing the same thing here. He probably needed a change of scenery; not to mention, he wouldn't be closing here either; he'd have a different role, and probably be considered an overpaid setup guy for a small market team.

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The only guy (at least from last year's team) that was let go who has done well is Matt Lindstrom. While it's nice to look at his #'s and obviously want him back, it's also no guarantee he'd be doing the same thing here. He probably needed a change of scenery; not to mention, he wouldn't be closing here either; he'd have a different role, and probably be considered an overpaid setup guy for a small market team.

 

 

Yep. And Leo has been better thus far, anyway.

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What makes players injury prone, I don't get this guy. as BIG as he is, he is that fragile? :banghead

 

 

It's certainly possible (though rather unlikely) that it's something undiagnosed at the genetic level, like Rocco Baldelli.

 

Well, that and one injury likely can make you susceptible to others of the same area, especially for a hitter and his wrists, which are used as they are.

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What makes players injury prone, I don't get this guy. as BIG as he is, he is that fragile? :banghead

 

 

It's certainly possible (though rather unlikely) that it's something undiagnosed at the genetic level, like Rocco Baldelli.

 

Well, that and one injury likely can make you susceptible to others of the same area, especially for a hitter and his wrists, which are used as they are.

If only that was it. But with Nick it's not just one nagging area. He's been on the DL because of his wrist, his hand, his back, his fractured face, a broken femur, his foot, his hip, and his hamstring.

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If only that was it. But with Nick it's not just one nagging area. He's been on the DL because of his wrist, his hand, his back, his fractured face, a broken femur, his foot, his hip, and his hamstring.

 

 

 

Well, with the exception of the face, the other injuries can play into others. Wrist/Hand are very related. Back/Hip can tie into leg/femur/foot/hamstring. He may be a professional athlete, but by no means does that mean he's "athletic" in every sense. I'm also not saying he's not just plain snake-bitten, but a lot of those injuries can play into the others.

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I don't know the complete injury history of Nick Johnson but my memory tells me that he had some freak injuries (balls to the face, collisions) that would incapacitate mostly anyone and also has a nagging wrist injury throughout his entire career.

 

I suppose he also had some hamstring problems with the Marlins last year.

 

If it weren't for the ball to the face and the collision I don't think he would have been included in the camp with Rocco Baldelli.

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Does anyone know how it's possible for Nick Johnson to be able to run again despite a previous broken femur? I ask this because doctors told me I'd never run again...and I likely won't take the chance because for what? But I'd like to get to the point one day where my leg feels completely strong and completely back to normal again, if possible. I'd imagine he worked a ton to get back to where he's at now. It's not easy, that's for sure.

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Does anyone know how it's possible for Nick Johnson to be able to run again despite a previous broken femur? I ask this because doctors told me I'd never run again...and I likely won't take the chance because for what? But I'd like to get to the point one day where my leg feels completely strong and completely back to normal again, if possible. I'd imagine he worked a ton to get back to where he's at now. It's not easy, that's for sure.

 

No idea, he was here for 2 months and I never saw him run.

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Does anyone know how it's possible for Nick Johnson to be able to run again despite a previous broken femur? I ask this because doctors told me I'd never run again...and I likely won't take the chance because for what? But I'd like to get to the point one day where my leg feels completely strong and completely back to normal again, if possible. I'd imagine he worked a ton to get back to where he's at now. It's not easy, that's for sure.

 

No idea, he was here for 2 months and I never saw him run.

 

 

:lol

Fair enough. How does he jog?

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I think it depends on the severity of the injury. When a ballplayer breaks a femur, it sounds pretty bad but we never have access to the real details.

 

Considering that many people break femurs in auto accidents and Johnson only broke his with a collision with another human being, I would guess that his injury wasn't terribly severe.

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Good decision by the Marlin letting Calero and Johnson go? they let everyone go.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong but Johnson doesn't particular have an athletic looking build, and its not like he does a crap load of work in the off season to come into the season in the best shape posible for playing 162.

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