Johnson scratched with a stiff lower back

2010 Season Preview: Will Posada continue to defy age?
The art of terrorizing pitchers

Update (2:20pm): Bryan Hoch says NJ caught a spike during BP and felt something, but he definitely would have played if it was a regular season game. No point in pushing it March 4th.

1:30pm: Via Ben Shpigel, Nick Johnson was scratched from today’s game against the Phillies with a stiff lower back. Jamie Hoffmann took his place at DH and in the two-hole. Most of the time this wouldn’t be news, but NJ’s injury history and previous back trouble (he spent 52 days on the disabled list with a lower back strain back in 2004) makes it worth a mention. More than likely, this is no big deal, and they’re just playing it safe.

Remember, Jorge Posada‘s shoulder was barking this time last spring (when he was coming off surgery), and he was fine in the end.

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2010 Season Preview: Will Posada continue to defy age?
The art of terrorizing pitchers
  • Stryker

    waiting for Bo to chime in about how if we just had re-signed damon we wouldn’t be reading this post.

    • Rick in Boston

      Is it bad that’s the only reason I looked at these comments?

    • Bo

      How would signing Damon preclude them from signing NJ? It was either NJ or Matsui. Now seeing who has more at bats Matsui a warrior or NJ will be fun.

      • dalelama

        The ghost of Hidecki Matsui…………

        • bexarama

          You know, if you’re gonna have this Matsui fetish, you should know how to spell his name right

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H
  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Heh. I’m almost glad this happened, just because I’m going to enjoy the shitstorm.

  • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

    *in before the “Nick Johnson is perpetually injured comments” in 3…2…1…*

  • The Evil Empire

    JOHNY DAMON! WHERE ARE YOU!!!?

  • Salty Buggah

    Do I dare check LoHud for fun? Or will it be so bad that I’ll go into a coma immediately?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      Do it and tell us what you find.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I wouldn’t.

    • Slugger27

      ill loot you after 24 hours

    • JGS

      it’s not as bad as I expected, but there are a few:

      Put NJ in a bubble until Opening Day or something. Yeesh.

      Frankly, NJ being scratched has put a damper on things. Didn’t he have a bad back a few years ago?

      Already a stiff back??!! Hopefully, just a precaution, nothing even minor.

      I hope his nickname does not become D.L. Johnson

      etc. etc.

      • Mike Pop

        The facebook page is even better. Put a face along with the comments.

        • Salty Buggah

          Some people on Twitter called him Nick “Carl Pavano” Johnson

      • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Coach6423

        Would you stop putting all of Betsy’s posts up…..

        • JGS

          only one of those was Betsy

          • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Coach6423

            I know, but they all might as well be…

      • Salty Buggah

        Ok, I did a quick and brave quick scan and I also didn’t find that many idiotic comments about Johnson.

      • dalelama

        That turf is a bitch…LOL

    • bexarama

      I just went there and I don’t really know what the normal level of panic is because I don’t visit a whole lot, but they seemed pretty okay.

      There’s a certain board that’s calling for Cashman’s head because he didn’t re-sign Matsui, though.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I’m sure they’ve conveniently ignored that Matsui’s knees have already been acting up.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I wasn’t aware Matsui still even had knees.

    • Rose
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Call up Jesus!

    (/not entirely serious)

    • Chip

      /but not entirely unserious

  • Dela G

    and so it begins…

    [/overreaction

  • bexarama

    My mom sent me a CAPS LOCK e-mail. Ruh-roh.

    • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

      You wouldn’t be interested in copying and pasting that, would you?

      • bexarama

        Wouldn’t be comfortable doing that, sorry.

        Needless to say, she complained about how she always liked NJ but he’s always hurt so we should have re-signed Damon and how Halladay is no-hitting the Yankees.

        • Rose

          Kindly explain to her that it’s only Spring Training…and that you have a romantic date tonight with “Rose” from a blog you post on… :)

        • JGS
        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          i like NJ as much as the next guy, but if your claim to fame is we’re next to manhattan, then why not just live in new york? and if you dont care what you’re next to, live in alabama, its cheaper and warmer.

  • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Coach6423

    Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

    Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?

    Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

    Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

    Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

    Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…

    Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

    Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

    • Rose

      Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.

      /Peter Venkman’d again

    • theyankeewarrior

      So be good, for goodness sake, woahhhhhhh somebody’s comin!

      Hahahahaha good ‘ol Nicky J. takin a seat. I love it.

    • Bo

      Just when you think the lame move crap cant get any worse….

  • Sean

    Is this the game thread?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah sure. The game’s not on TV in the NY area, but if anyone gets it, go to town.

      • Sean

        I got the radio feed on my iPhone MLB At Bat App, who are these old guys?

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          is that the $10 all season all games app? how do you like it?

      • Rose

        CC Sabathia – 2 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks = http://collegecandy.files.word.....e-copy.jpg (SAFE)

        • JGS

          a WHIP of 2??? We should have traded for Lincecum

        • bexarama

          DFA

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Failing to deliver in the big game…..again.

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

      Just don’t poop yourself in excitement.

  • ev

    Phillies’ announcers practically JITP about Roy Halladay

    • Hughesus Christo

      30 wins

    • JGS

      They have every right to–he’ll be awesome. As long as they aren’t extrapolating his performance today

    • bexarama

      Did you hear any of their calls during the World Series? They’re only a half-step below the Hawk when it comes to being a total ridiculous homer.

      (I highly suggest listening to the call of A-Rod’s go-ahead double off of Lidge. One of them actually goes “UGH.”)

      • ev

        Nothing was nearly as bad as the Angels announcer calling A-rod “A-Fraud” during the game. So bush league

        • bexarama

          Seriously?

          Also, listen to their call of Feliz’s Game 4 HR. It’s bad. And, if you have the DVD of the World Series (like, the “Twenty-Seven” thing overview produced by MLB Productions, not the actual World Series games), for some reason, the smugness passed on to the Phillies beat writer. “They were one out away from giving the ball to Mariano Rivera and they couldn’t get it done.” Uhhh dude, you still lost the game.

      • Mike Pop

        That’s why I like Michael Kay. He’s a homer, but he gets excited about the other team hitting home runs too.

        • bexarama

          I… don’t mind Michael Kay. At all.

          (slinks away)

          • Big Juan

            I really don’t either. Sometimes he rambles, but honestly, I’ve never had a problem listening to him.

            • bexarama

              He’s overly dramatic, super gossipy and his analysis is far from great, but he doesn’t make me want to punch people like ESPN or FOX’s analysts. I really have no major problems with him.

        • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Sometimes I feel like he gets a little too excited when the other team homers…but that’s probably just the irrational Yankee fan in me.
          I don’t feel like he’s a homer at all, especially compared to some other teams’ announcers, who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty…

    • ev

      I guess its still pretty knew for them but theyre analyzing the movement of every pitch and just missed the entire bottom of the third talking to Roy about his excellent outing

    • Sean

      If the Phils are playing the Mets and Nats 18 times a year thats like 10 wins for Roy right there…

      • JGS

        If the Phils are playing the Mets and Nats 18 times a year thats like 10 14 wins for Roy right there…

        • bexarama

          18 ;)

          25 is the high end of wins for Roy, considering how much can go wrong with bullpens and offense funk at the wrong time and whatnot, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he had 25 wins.

          • Sean

            bullpen?

            He pitches all 9 innings

          • JGS

            The last guy to win 25 was Bob Welch in 1990, the last NLer to do it was Carlton in 1972

            Doc isn’t winning 25 this year

            • bexarama

              Good point. Still wouldn’t SHOCK me.

              (OMG why haven’t we plunked Rollins yet?!?!?)

    • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

      them and jayson stark.

  • Stryker

    wooo z-mac appearance!

    • Stryker

      never seen this guy before. wow he’s a big kid.

  • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    I’m disappointed in you guys.

    Not one comment about how we have a stiff…Johnson?

    RAB’s not the same since the new low-meme version came out! ;-)

  • FMV

    1 game? Thats it? we got through 1 game before he got hurt? lol

    I’m sure this is nothing serious…or atleast i hope its nothing serious…but for god sakes nick. you played what? 5 innings?

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre
    • Big Juan

      FACT: Having a stiff back does not mean you are hurt.

      • Rose

        Tell that to my father…

  • Mike Pop

    ‘y was nick johnson even signed anyway stupid move wat kind of DH doesnt hit they r always goin to walk to get to a-rod’

    Off of Facebook. Found it kind of funny.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      that…doesnt even make sense. i mean, i recognize the basic sentence structure, and clearly the language is english, but man, come on!

  • Stryker

    announcers on CSN said romine and montero should be seeing playing time today. stoked.

  • bexarama

    note to Mets announcers:
    the Yankees did not win the World Series because they went to a pool hall in ST 2009. They won the World Series because they were an excellent team. Thank you.

  • Sean

    Brett Gardner is slowly but surely becoming one of my personal faves

    • Big Juan

      (Looks over his shoulder to find an angry JMK walking directly towards Sean wielding a revolver and a fire ax.)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Heh.

  • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

    Somebody tell these announcers about spring training not mattering. They are gonna need a cigarette after this one.

    • bexarama

      ietc

  • Teix is the Man

    Heh, Johnson scratched…

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      In before you:

      • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        Hmm, link didn’t show:

        Here it is

        • Teix is the Man

          I was chuckling, I thought it was funny – it had no bearing on you, whether you posted it or not.

          • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            I know. it’s just <boo hoo, sniff sniff> no one noticed MY funny.

            violins play…

  • Stryker

    philly phanatic is so annoying. teams with mascots are so freakin’ cheesy.

  • JohnC

    Ivan Nova now pitching.

  • Ansky

    So the Yankees scratched a stiff Johnson?

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      And again:

      In before you.

      • Ansky

        Darn. Refresh FAIL. Well played sir.

  • bexarama

    serious question: if it was ANYONE other than Nick Johnson that got scratched with a stiff back, would there be any sort of panic at all? (Maybe A-Rod)

    Also, my mom said there’s some blog that says Jeter is out for the season with a ruptured uterus? Buhhh huh? I think she knows it’s a joke but I dunno…

    • bexarama

      disclaimer: I feel bad, my mom is pretty awesome and not usually dumb. I think she just worries way, way, way too much.

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

        It could be worse: you could be like the other 99% of us who have a mom that doesn’t care about baseball whatsoever.

    • Stryker

      if this was anyone else, it wouldn’t be a big deal at all.

      like someone said earlier, having a stiff back doesn’t mean you’re injured. i’m sure people on this site wake up with stiff backs all the time; it’s just that in professional sports everyday maladies are under a huuuuge microscope.

    • JGS

      CC, Burnett, Pettitte, Rivera, Posada…

      • bexarama

        CC – probably not
        Burnett – good point
        Pettitte – I don’t remember any sort of panic when he skipped that start last year, but maybe I was looking at the wrong boards/blogs
        Rivera – possibly
        Posada – possibly

        • JGS

          If CC sat out because of back pain you would get people panicking that because of his size, it would become a chronic, nagging injury

          Pettitte would induce panic just because back pain in older players is usually seen as chronic, ditto Posada. Mo could get a scratch and people would panic because he is Mo

  • Stryker

    since i live in south jersey, i’m watching the phillies’ feed. lordy do these announcers over-announce. they’re acting as if contreras just finished the 8th inning of game 7 of the world series.

    • Sean

      haha, I’m getting that feed too. Its pretty hilarious

      but I guess that IS there job right?

      • Stryker

        sure, but for the first game of spring training?

        • Sean

          sure, its not like they are going to be like

          “eh, its just spring training everyone”

    • Stryker

      hahaha they suck at pronouncing names too: mark melon-con. oof.

  • ev

    BG is really not a very good bunter. Something he definitely needs to work on if he wants a starting job.

  • dkidd

    we finally let go of our wang only to start scratching a stiff johnson

    /trying to hard’d

    • Teix is the Man

      HAHAHAHA! IETC

      • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        I give up!

        (walks away sniffling…)

        • Teix is the Man

          HAHA that’s awesome =)

          • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            :-)

            • dkidd

              i should have read through the thread before posting. you were the first to achieve a stiff johnson!

              • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                I usually am… ;-)

  • bexarama

    I know athletes say things just to say things all the time, but can we stop panicking now?

  • Rose

    6 K’s for the Yankees in 5 innings, Johnson scratched, fans put clothespins over their noses for CC’s performance, and Palanco makes the only error of the game?!?

    Multiple Interrobangs?

    http://collegecandy.files.word.....e-copy.jpg

    • Stryker

      it’s the second game of spring training with a C lineup on the field. time to back away from the ledge, methinks.

    • JGS

      that’s the third time this thread you’ve used that picture. Once more and you get DFAed

    • Rose

      It’s a joke. I’m not panicking what-so-ever.

      And what’s the difference between me adding the picture as a “signature” than adding it as my URL in my name? Just appearance?

  • mike c

    “Remember, Jorge Posada’s shoulder was barking this time last spring (when he was coming off surgery), and he was fine in the end.”

    is NJ coming off surgery?

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    You know Tommie is going to love this bottom of the seventh. Sanchez has arrived.

    • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

      “The Mule”

  • ev

    The Jesus era has arrived

    • http://ibleedblueandwhite.com Jamie

      what happened i saw the score was recently tied

      • Rose

        2-1. don’t know how though…

        • bexarama

          now it’s 2-2. Apparently there was a play at the plate but the Yankee catcher, whoever it is right now, messed it up.

          • ev

            Romine

      • Rose

        I guess Colin Curtis scored the tying run though. He’s a 9th inning monster…

      • ev

        Phillies walk off on a comeback grounder that bounces off Wilkins Arias

  • ev

    Jesus had a nice hit the opposite way then got a pinch runner in for him (Golson I think) who stole second. Romine advanced the runner to third with 1 out and someone hit it up the middle to bring in Golson

  • bexarama

    Why didn’t we bring in Mariano?!? Fire Girardi!

    /this is probably already old’d

  • Rose

    Yankees lose…what else is new…

    /2008 Fan’d

  • dkidd

    the phillies are in our heads!!!!!!!!!!

    • dkidd

      they were who we thought they were!!!!

      /dennis green’d

  • Bo

    Day 2 and already NJ is banged up. That’s too funny.

    We’ll all fully appreciate the warrior Damon was this season.

    • bexarama
    • Bo

      What will also be fun is seeing if Matsui is more productive this season than NJ. And healthier

      • bexarama

        Matsui’s knees already hurt.

        • Rick in Boston

          Come on Bex, you know Bo doesn’t enjoy facts like that.

        • ShuutoHeat

          Matsui no longer has knees, it is more like a gel and powder substance sitting between the thighs and legs.

          With that said, he was a great during his Yankees tenure.

          • bexarama

            Not disagreeing that his Yankee career was awesome. But “health” isn’t really something to brag about with Matty, as Girardi might call him. If he plays in the outfield? YIKES.

            (and ietc about the content of his knees)

    • Stryker

      do you even LIKE this team? one would swear up and down by your posts here that you absolutely HATE the yankees.

      • dalelama

        When they win the World Series I will like them as much.

  • mustang

    I know we have to put it in its right perspective and all, but the guy is a walking MASH unit. After one day in Spring Training he is already sitting maybe the Yankees should place him in a bubble.
    LOL

    http://www.calebdaniloff.com/w.....754379.jpg

    • Big Juan

      This statement is just…blah.

      He tweaked his back. The Yankees pay him money to play baseball. Of course they’re gonna tell him to have a seat for the day.

      Nothing about this makes him a “walking MASH unit”.

      I apologize if I seem like I’m being a prick, but this crap bothers me.

      • mustang

        Its ok, but let me make myself more clear his career makes him a “walking MASH unit” the guy has the worst luck of any player I seen. And I did write in “right perspective and all” it’s the second day of Spring Training and they’re being cautious that’s understandable, but its still funny,

        • mustang

          Relax, come on the bubble boy pic was really funny.

      • dalelama

        Soft is soft.

        • mustang

          Holy shit I agree with you on something.