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Nick Johnson undergoing second wrist surgery

Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:00 pm
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Nick Johnson Nick Johnson's season is over, as the first baseman will require a second surgery on his right wrist, reports Jack Curry of the YES network .

Johnson, tabbed to replace World Series MVP Hideki Matsui at DH, struggled to a .167/.388/.306 mark in 24 games before hitting the disabled list -- although anyone could have predicted that occurrence. The nine-year veteran has just one season with over 500 plate appearances, which perhaps not coincidentally, came in 2009.

As ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews pointed out , "So disinterested did Girardi appear about the news -- and really, who could blame him? -- that he did not even know when, where or precisely what was being done to Johnson."

It's quite a fall of grace for someone who has displayed an uncanny ability to command the strike zone and work walks like it's his job... and really, it is. But Johnson's disappearing power and injury woes have turned him into an afterthought in his second tour of duty iin New York. Johnson came up with the Yankees before being shipped out after the 2003 season for Javier Vazquez, who is now his teammate, going through his own second tour of duty.

A free agent after the year, Johnson is virtually certain not to return to the Yankees and will struggle to find a guaranteed job elsewhere, and the Yankees will have to go find a new designated hitter.

-- Evan Brunell

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Nick Johnson undergoing second wrist surgery

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Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:21 pm
 

Nick Johnson undergoing second wrist surgery

Who didn't see this coming ? I understand that Brian Cashman is playing money ball more and more but this was a terrible signing from the start. I would much rather have kept Damon for all the intangibles and he can play the outfield. Albeit not a godd fielder, he is servicable. Could have given Nick Swisher some days at first as well as Jorge Posada. Johnson wont be back next year and neither will Berkman so we are back to where we were last year. Bring up Montero and let Cervelli and Montero do the bulk of the Catching while getting Posada some time at first as well as behind the plate. There is a bigger need in the outfield. Nick Johnson has been on the DL so many times in the past few years that you had to see this coming.


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