Johnson, Cano leave game with injuries


10:36pm: Johnson appears headed to the disabled list. For shame.

10:29pm: Cano’s knee is sore, and he’s day-to-day, but Johnson is going back to New York to have tests performed on his wrist, which is not a good sign at all. There will be a callup before tomorrow’s game; my money is on Kevin Russo given his impressive Spring Training showing and versatility.

8:48pm: As if the Yankees need another injury, Nick Johnson was pinch hit for in the 5th inning of tonight’s game because of a sore right wrist. It’s the same wrist he had surgery on in 2008, which caused him to spend 137 total days on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, Robbie Cano took a fastball off the left knee in the 6th inning, and left the game as well. Jorge Posada missed a handful of games two weeks ago after a similar HBP. We’ll update this post with more info as it comes.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. bexarama says:

    Oy. Be okay, Nick.

  2. pete says:

    And now robbie?

  3. bexarama says:

    Sore wrist, per YES.

  4. Hangoverologist says:

    Nick left with a right wrist injury.

  5. Jon G says:

    sore right wrist for Johnson. Not good. I was never a big fan of that signing for reasons like this. Man I miss Johnny Damon…

    • bexarama says:

      Damon = also hurt

      • YankeeJosh says:

        To be fair, it sounds like Damon just had a calf spasm that’s not serious. This is already Nick’s second issue of the year and he’s basically only ben DHing.

    • whozat says:

      Well, since Johnny was given every chance to come back to the Yanks for more money than they signed Johnson for, I’m not sure what you’re complaining about.

    • dalelama says:

      We have only ourselves to blame for this one.

      • bexarama says:

        shocker, dalelama is here to gloat. Go away.

      • Jim S says:

        Ourselves? WTF? Are you even a yankee fan?

        • dalelama says:

          I don’t understand why thinking at the time that giving up a borderline Hall of Famer (Johnny Damon) who could have DH and played the outfield, played a crucial role in two teams winning the World Series (one for the first time in 86 years), and had proven he could handle the big stage was a mistake disqualifies one from being a Yankee fan. Nor do I believe that disagreeing with the acquisition of a player (Nick Johnson) who had an extensive injury history, is one dimensional with no speed and little pop, whom the same GM previously traded away, and spent most of his career playing relatively meaningless games disqualifies one either.
          I didn’t realize agreeing with every Cashman move was a prerequisite for being a Yankee fan and I refuse to join the Nick Johnson apologensia.

  6. Pasqua says:

    It’s nights like this (and, really, the last week) that make you pause and realize how incredibly lucky the Yanks were last year when it came to their health. I feel like we’re seeing the regression to the mean this year.

  7. phughesisgod says:

    You know that Beckett wanted to hit at least 1 batter in this game. He threw at Cervelli’s head and knocked him down in the 4th. Now he throws 2 consecutive darts way inside to Cano, 1 hits him. Yeah, no intent there, ugh. I want some retaliation, because Beckett clearly tried to hit someone this game.

  8. mike c says:

    Take out youkilis

  9. mike c says:

    how do you like your big fat contract now?

  10. mike c says:

    put in boone and let him throw at youkilis’s hands

  11. AJ says:

    Ppl were cheering Beckett…I hate Boston

  12. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jeter got hit too! At least karma is partly on the Yaks side.

  13. Ty says:

    I’m not sure tonight is the night you want to have a bean ball war with just Posada left on the bench but it looked like CC and AJ were pretty fired up in the dugout so I’m sure they’ll let it be known sometime this year if not the next 2 days.

  14. Louis says:

    Let me explain the dispicable actions of Joshua Beckett. Realizing that the only way his team could hope to ever climb up in the standings past the yankees anytime in the next century, beckett took into his own hands to try to permenanty damage every player on our team by hitting them. What he failed to realize however, is that every year we sign at least 3 high priced free agents every year. Therefore, our team will never be diplenished.and Josh beckett looks like a fish.

    • mike c says:

      plus his own team will be handcuffed over the next 4 years due to their overpriced contract to a lowlife punk who’s past his prime

  15. Ty says:

    Hopefully if Phil retaliates tonight he at least throws up another clean inning before it to save the pen an extra inning of work tonight.

  16. Louis says:

    At least Hughes will add to his cy young chances with another win :p

  17. AJ says:

    show some spine

  18. AJ says:

    How dare he step out!!!

  19. Zooboy says:

    The new guy is 6-5, 260 lbs. I say let him have a go. (Paging Shelly Duncan. Paging Shelly Duncan.)

  20. Ty says:

    Might be the first time I wish Kyle Farnsworth was still around…

  21. Zooboy says:

    Down 9-2 and they break out theYankees suck chant. Very classy.

  22. Ty says:

    SIIIIIIIIITTTT…Josh Beckett meet yourself 6 years ago, his name is Phil Hughes.

  23. mike c says:

    we get to send youkilis to the hospital tomorrow, i wouldn’t hurt big papi — that would just make the red sox better

  24. Ty says:

    Swisher always hit RH vs Wakefield?

  25. Joe West's Music Career says:

    I blame RAB. Clearly, Josh Beckett read the post about “Given the standings, the most important thing for the Yankees in this series is not getting hurt”. He felt inspired.

  26. larryf says:

    Kevin Russo call up…..

  27. ramez hanna says:

    why didnt they hit youk in this game ,the hit wont affect the results
    tomorrow would be another thing

  28. ramez hanna says:

    hitting youk or pedoria is a must befor they murder the rest of our line

  29. BigBlueAL says:

    Damn, reading now Nick sent back to NY for tests on his wrist which has been bothering him for awhile now. With his history of wrist problems not good at all and apparently a roster move should soon be forthcoming so NJ might be headed to the DL real soon and for who knows how long.

  30. bexarama says:

    Cano day-to-day, NJ going in for an MRI in NY. Apparently he’s been having wrist issues for a while now. Ugh.

  31. nathan says:

    A victory has never felt so empty. If Nicky J is put fpr any length of time, does the call goto Miranda, is he still on the 40 man

  32. bonestock94 says:

    Not the best start to the Nick Johnson experiment. Hopefully it’s just a may thing.

  33. BigBlueAL says:

    So Thames everyday DH now??

  34. bicycle boy says:

    Oh no, Nick Johnson is hurt! No one saw that coming.

  35. Pasqua says:

    I know injuries are injuries, but my god Nick Johnson is a frustrating baseball player. All that talent and he will never be healthy. Bad luck? Genetic disposition? Whatever it is, it’s an infuriating bitch of a reason.

  36. BigBlueAL says:

    It really is amazing how good the Yankees are playing when you consider the 3 “big” off-season acquisitions of NJ (DL), Grandy (DL) and Vazquez have quite frankly been beyond horrible.

    • Pasqua says:

      Not to mention Teix’s shit start (even by his April standards) and a “meh” start from A-Rod. Of course, Swish is probably overproducing at this point, but other than that…

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Not surprised by Swish cause he is capable of hot streaks like this. SHOCKED by how good Gardner has hit so far and Cervelli in his starts. Not to mention what Thames has hit vs LHP and Cano’s start although he is ice cold at the moment.

    • mike c says:

      i miss matsui

  37. WIlliam says:


  38. Jobamania says:

    can montero be our dh? :D

  39. Jobamania says:

    the good news is that randy winn continues to show some life

    with johnson gone, who do u want to see in the #2 hole? swisher or gardner?

  40. Dela G says:

    please bring up miranda, i would love to see him get a chance

  41. DJH says:

    It will be intresting to see if they call up Miranda and use a Miranda-Thames platoon or use Cervelli as the primary C and let Posada DH a little more.

  42. James says:

    Show me someone who says they didn’t think Nick Johnson was going to hit the DL this year and i’ll show you an idiot.

    Hopefully this is a 2 week kind of thing…and then he can come back and everything will be fine.

  43. mattb29 says:

    1. Initial emergency response: DL Johnson, call up Russo until you know Robbie is good to go. Based on nothing, I’m going to assume NJ misses considerable time (4-6) weeks, but that it’s not a season ending injury.

    2. Assuming Robbie is back this week, then I think you pursue a mixture of the following options:

    (a) Option Eusso and recall Miranda, platoon Thames and Miranda in the DH spot and feel good that this team can live with Randy Winn playing every day until Granderson is back.

    (b) Ride Cervelli’s hot hitting as long as it lasts, benefit from his superior defensive and baserunning attributes, i.e. Cervelli becomes the de facto starting catcher and JoPo is the de facto everyday DH. This also has the benefit of keeping Jorge out of the crouch in case there are any lingering knee contusion and calf issues. In my mind, you might be able to ride this set-up until CGrand is back but clearly, you’re not going the rest of the season with an 8-9 combo of Cervelli and Winn.

    (c) At least explore the possibility of bringing in a Dye or Dukes (or both). Obviously Dye and Thames are similar players, but Dye’s splits aren’t as extreme, particularly over the last few seasons and he’s probably still just a better offensive player; Career OPS .871 v. LHP, .811 v. RPH; limited to 2007-2009, .913 v. LHP, .801 v. RHP. In contrast, Thames is .860 v. LHP for his career and .764 against RHP; limited to 2007-2009, Thames split widens to .867 v. LHP, .742 against RHP. Dukes is a guy they should already be taking a flier on.

    (d) If somehow NJ is gone for the year, then pursue a 2007 Abreu scenario – there will be a glut of capable bats, let Cash wait it out – assuming Hal would take on the salary ala Abreu.

    Assuming Jorge and Robbie are in fact going to be fully functional within a week, this club is fine – NJ’s patience will obviously be missed, but frankly while the walks are great, the team has managed to go 20-8 with Nick OPSing .710 – and the emergence of Gardner as a guy who sees so many pitches helps in this regard too.

  44. Has their been a more upsetting/sadder loss in years? If you’d told me before the game the Yankees would win by over 7 runs, I’d be thrilled.

    Alas, the luster is lost.

    Our recent rash of injuries:

    Nick Johnson

    I mean, jeez.

  45. bexarama says:

    They’ll probably call up an infielder. Apparently, Girardi was gonna use Javy Vazquez tonight as an infielder o_O

  46. ShuutoHeat says:

    I’m volanic eruption-esque pissed about Cano being put on DL.

    Fuck you Beckett, you’re a fucking shit eating ass goblin. I hope you get a gigantic shard of ceramic up your fucking ass when you’re sitting on the toilet tonight. Then falls flat on his face into a fucking bucket of *Bhut Jolokia peppers. Then a pair of vicious squirrels come by to rip his nuts out.

    I haven’t been this pissed in a long time… *clenches pitchfork/torch hybrid tool*


  47. mattb29 says:

    Disappointing for sure and man they’ve come in bunches. But just to take the bright side. The club is 20-8 and they can ride out a tough two weeks – and there’s no indication that any of the injuries other than Curtis and Nj ought to be real issues past that point – and CGrand you know will be back. Absolute worst case, assume you never see NJ again, the club has some viable paths to pursue.

    And of course, the very fact of being 20-8 despite this epidemic is indicative: SSS yes, but in my view, the Yanks aren’t lucking into many wins, they’re flat out winning the ballgames and the injuries allow one to step back and fully appreciate:

    1. This team has sick starting pitching. Assuming Andy is ok (and he reported absolutely no pain today), all signs point to this being easily the best Yankee rotation since ’03, and Javy gets back to league average, it’s even better than that. Hughes still needs to mix in the change a bit more, IMHO, but he might be an ace right now, let alone a future ace. The life on his FB right now is just devastating, the cut gets in on lefties, has a pretty decent differential from his four seamer and he’s shown an ability to backdoor righties with it – the fact that he’s having this success while not particularly emphasizing his curve, let alone throwing any changes is awfully encouraging – next test is adjusting to the league as the book on him develops, but frankly, and I’m not just going on my eyes tonight, you’d have to really have a great argument to convince me why Phil Hughes isn’t better than Josh Beckett right now.

    2. Special teams are filled with role players who you can plug in and do the job and Cervelli and Thames are out of this world right now. Of course, there will be some regression. But I see no reason to believe that Thames won’t continue to be a great weapon against LHP (I’ll be singing a different tune if I start seeing him in LF more than once every 10 games or so); and it’s just fun watching Frankie. Dude is a starting catcher in this league, write it down – of course, without looking, the average starting catcher probably OPSs in the .720-.730 range. I think Frankie can OBP .330 and SLG .370 and he’s a fabulous defensive catcher and a good baserunner. He has a role to play and it’s fun to watch. I’m not as high on Ramiro, but I am on Russo and I’d be curious to get an extended look at Miranda too. Not to mention that with regular ABs, Randy Winn may yet have a pulse. This club has “depth” in a sense that’s both realistic (obviously not the pie in the sky folks who think they’re getting all stars to sign here as utility infielders) and championship caliber, that is bench players who can step in and essentially give you league average production over a certain time frame.

    3. Brett Gardner, Brett Gardner, Brett Gardner. Here’s why I’m so excited about Brett – his .OBP skills are well documented and always should have been able to translate at the ML level – what I love is that while clearly dude isn’t going .350/.440/.420, he’s putting up those numbers with the approach that could allow him to be consistently productive – seeing a ton of pitches, taking his walks, great discipline with two strikes as well as a demonstrated ability to hit with two strikes; and most importantly, just slapping the ball the other way and getting his infield hits. That’s Steve Sax folks. I’m not calling Grit Sax just yet, but when you seem him able to stand in against a Beckett type guy and just slap a 96 MPH fb to left – and he’s been doing that all year – when you throw in the defense, you’re looking at a 4.0 WAR player – don’t look now – and SSS caveat – but he’s already on pace to be a 5.0-5.5 WAR guy and that’s actually being dragged down right now by his having a neutral UZR, which one would expect to rise.

    Don’t get me wrong, I want to see the opening night lineup as much as I can. But from my vantage point, Jorge, Robbie and probably Andy are the guys you can’t afford to lose. And you really want CGrand back. I love NJ, I was all for the signing, but if tonight was his last game of the year, this is still easily a playoff team.

  48. DJH says:

    The Yanks are gonna call up an infielder so it’s Nunez or Russo. I would say they will go w ith Russo.

  49. Mike HC says:

    Nick Johnson. Headed to the DL? Nooooooo. Shocking.

    I hope Miranda gets the call up assuming Montero is not an option.

  50. Bill says:

    Payback time tonight.I hope CC send a message early.

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