Johnson, Cano leave game with injuries

Game 28: You again
Romine extends hit streak in Trenton win

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.

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Game 28: You again
Romine extends hit streak in Trenton win
  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Oy. Be okay, Nick.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    And now robbie?

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Sore wrist, per YES.

  • Hangoverologist

    Nick left with a right wrist injury.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Beckett sucks.

  • http://conservationvalue.blogspot.com/ Jon G

    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…

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Damon = also hurt

      • YankeeJosh

        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

      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

        I would say every chance it putting it a little strongly.

    • dalelama

      We have only ourselves to blame for this one.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        shocker, dalelama is here to gloat. Go away.

        • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

          This.

      • Jim S

        Ourselves? WTF? Are you even a yankee fan?

        • dalelama

          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.

          • Kid Kelly

            Well said.

  • Pasqua

    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.

    • johnny

      This is not the mean. This is regression to the mets.

      On another note, Beckett is putting his teammates health at risk here.

    • Rob Has No Innings Limit

      You can’t really anticipate guys getting hurt from being plunked.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Johnson is a minor thing. Jorge got plunked. Cano got plunked. Petitte is also right now precautionary. It’s not bad yet.

        • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

          How do you know it’s minor with Nick? with his history of wrist injuries keeping him out entire seasons…

  • phughesisgod

    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.

  • mike c

    Take out youkilis

    • Rob Has No Innings Limit

      Hit him in his big fat head. I never get tired of that.

      • mike c

        hitting him in the hands would probably be a far worse injury

  • mike c

    how do you like your big fat contract now?

  • mike c

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

  • AJ

    Ppl were cheering Beckett…I hate Boston

    • mike c

      massholes

      • Nicole

        massholes is right! What a bunch of babies, can’t take a few run’s being scored on them or having a batter step out of the box.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Not too many. Give them some credit. :: shudder ::

      • mike c

        my grandpa was an old school boston braves fan from worcester mass, when they left town he became a yankee fan because he hated the sux that much, and the rest is history

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Ty

    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.

    • Hova

      Oh, it’ll definitely be in the next two days. It is f-ing on. CC looked fired up. He was genuinely pissed. Its time to throw down. Girardi doesn’t play that wussy Torre stuff. He will retaliate. Book it.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        AJ looked like he wanted to MURDER someone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

          I want to MURDER someone.

          /kiddin'(or am I?)

  • Louis

    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

      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

  • Ty

    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.

  • Louis

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

  • AJ

    show some spine

  • AJ

    How dare he step out!!!

  • Zooboy

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

  • Ty

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

    • AJ

      He’d miss.

    • Hova

      Haha. Ditto.

  • Zooboy

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

  • Ty

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

    • WIlliam

      Except HUghes will maintain his awesomeness.

  • mike c

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

  • Ty

    Swisher always hit RH vs Wakefield?

  • Joe West’s Music Career

    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.

  • larryf

    Kevin Russo call up…..

  • ramez hanna

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

  • ramez hanna

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

  • BigBlueAL

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

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

    • mike c

      grrrr bring up miranda!!!

    • WIlliam

      Why, with his histroy, would he possible be playing with his wrists bothering him? It’s just so…uhg!!!!

      • WIlliam

        *history

    • nathan

      See thats why he never swings, just take the damn walks. He had to hit that HR the other day and goto the DL. Kidding aside, i feel sorry for him, hope its not too bad.

  • nathan

    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

    • WIlliam

      At this point, can we DH Posada and start the Cerve at catcher? We can call up Moeller as a backup.

      • Pasqua

        I like that idea. It probably gives you your strongest offensive setup.

  • bonestock94

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

  • BigBlueAL

    So Thames everyday DH now??

    • mike c

      miranda i hope

  • bicycle boy

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

  • Pasqua

    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.

  • BigBlueAL

    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

      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

        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

      i miss matsui

      • nick

        THIS hideki matsui?:

        .230/.307/.389

        He’ll be on the DL ASAP.

  • WIlliam

    Fuck.

  • Jobamania

    can montero be our dh? :D

    • WIlliam

      Speaking of, what’s his injury update?

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        He wasn’t injured, he got pulled because they were annoyed at him not running out a grounder.

  • Jobamania

    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?

    • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

      Swish, balance out the line up.

    • DJH

      I would use Swish in the 2 spot. Gardner can’t run as much if Tex and A-Rod are batting.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

        THIS. ^^

  • Dela G

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

  • DJH

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/j_sprouse2213 James

    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.

  • mattb29

    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.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

    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:

    Granderson
    Pettitte
    Rivera
    Posada
    Cano
    Nick Johnson

    I mean, jeez.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

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

  • ShuutoHeat

    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*

    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhut_Jolokia_pepper

    • BigBlueAL

      Relax, NJ going to the DL not Cano.

      • DJH

        Im actually surprised Cano isn’t on the DL because that HBP looked awful.

  • mattb29

    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.

  • DJH

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

  • Mike HC

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

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

  • Bill

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