There is very little going on [so far] in Yankee camp during the early days of spring training.
The Yankees won a very exciting opening day exhibition game against the Pirates, at George M. Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa FL, when Colin Curtis hit a no-outs, three-run, walk-off homer, in the bottom of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie and give the Bronx Bombers a 6-3 victory.
The Yanks lost the second game of the spring 3-2 vs. the Phillies. And, fell to the Rays, 12-7, in game three of the Grapefruit League — a game in which both Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain pitched poorly in their first action on the mound.
I really have no interest in talking about some “off the field” news involving Alex Rodriguez, and his upcoming meeting with the FBI to answer questions about “any” information he may know concerning Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea, the alleged “HGH Doctor”.
The only concern [I’m sure] all Yankee fans have regarding the A-Rod situation is: we hope the interrogation by the FBI does not cause any distractions during this spring or during the regular season. It seems like discussions about “Performance Enhancing Drugs” never ends in baseball. Enough, already!
So, is there anything of interest to talk about?
Well, Nick Johnson provided some news. But, the news is not really “new”.
Johnson is already injured.
Before the second game of the spring, Johnson injured his back during batting practice. It was reported that Johnson decided to wear spikes instead of turf shoes which resulted in his spikes getting caught on the mat [which is used during batting practice] in the batter’s box. Not a good idea by Nick Johnson as he added another injury to a “long list” that dates back to 2000.
New York Post sports reporter Kevin Kernan, wrote a great article on March 5, 2010, on the Nick Johnson injury: Worry level spikes as DH scratched.
Kernan had an outstanding line in his article, that I used as part of the title of this post … “He’s [Johnson] been on the DL nine times. They’re [the Yankees] trying to change him from DL to DH”.
Hopefully, the injury-prone ways of Nick Johnson will not continue into the new season.
One of the reasons the Yankees braintrust did not re-sign Hideki Matsui was because they felt injuries would limit his playing time this year.
Nothing against Nick Johnson, who I think is a good addition to the Yankees roster. But, the way things look at this time, in the early days of spring … in my view, Matsui will play more games than Johnson in 2010.
New York Post’s George A. King, III, also had an excellent article on the Nick Johnson injury.
Enjoy Spring Training …
— Jimmy, “BY&L”