Johnson Trying To Go From DL to DH

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”   



  1. raysrenegade

    Poor Nick Johnson.
    It seems that sometimes he can no get out of his own way, and gets hurt.
    He could have really set his future last season in Washington before beginning traded to Florida with solid play and hitting, but got spot duty because of more injury situations.
    I remember reading something last season he has the same problem Russell Brayan has with his back, and it is more of a hypertension problem than a pulled muscle ( usually).
    But who knows if he effectively hurt himself onto the regular season DL, or make it back this Spring.
    Should be fun while we await the answer.

    Rays Renegade

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Rays Renegade …

    The Yankees knew exactly what they were getting when they signed Nick Johnson — good hitter, with great on base percentage, and a very “injury-prone” player … It really is no surprise that Johnson got hurt … But, before the second game of the spring, and during batting practice !!! … It could be a long season for Johnson [on and off the DL], with Matsui producing much more for the Angels !!! … Anyway, it will be interesting watching the daily “ups and downs” of our players and teams during the new season.
    Take care, Cliff …
    Enjoy Spring Training !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  3. devilabrit

    the slightest hint of anything and A-Rod will be linked to things off field unfortunately thats the nature of the media beast….
    I actually feel bad for Nick, I am sure he thought spikes may give him some advantage, not sure why that would have been a thought on day 1, but isn’t a DH supposed to be injury prone, I thought that was a requirement to get a DH role….
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, outsidephillies …

    I agree, I also feel bad for Nick Johnson, or for any other players for that matter, who get injured or are injury-prone … Johnson certainly has had more than his fair share of injuries throughout his career … But, the Yankees knew this about Johnson when they signed him, and this is something the Yankees will have to live with this season … Hopefully, when Nick Johnson does play, he will give the Yanks solid production at the plate !!! … Being injury-prone is actually not a requirement to be a DH [mainly, a DH has to be a good hitter with above average power] … Usually, though, players who DH are in the late years of their career, with some history of injuries, and limited abilities on the field … At least, Johnson is a very good hitter, and great defensive first basman !!!
    As for Alex Rodriguez, I really have had enough of any talk about A-Rod and PED’s … I hope A-Rod’s current issues do not become a distraction for the Yanks [or, baseball], this season !!!
    Thanks for the visit, outsidephillies ..
    Enjoy Spring Training !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jeremy …

    Yeah, Alex Rodriguez has played through a lot of distractions over the last few years … Most of these distractions were because of his own making, though … And, even now, his meeting with the FBI should have been taken care of at least two weeks ago. But, the meeting scheduled for the end of this week “was cancelled”, which means a new meeting will have to take place sometime next week, [one week before the start of the 2010 season], or during the new baseball season … This upcoming FBI meeting looks more and more like it can “be” a distraction this year … Hopefully, not !!!
    Thanks for the visit, Jeremy !!!
    The new baseball season is almost here …
    I can’t wait much longer !!!
    Take care,
    Jimmy, “BY&L”

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