Nick Johnson needs another wrist surgery


Via Jack Curry, long lost designated hitter Nick Johnson needs surgery on his already surgically repaired wrist. By my count, this will be his third procedure on the wrist in the last three seasons, and that doesn’t include a fracture that cost him the entire 2000 season in the minors. Poor guy, if he didn’t have bad luck with injuries, he’d have no luck at all.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. CBean says:

    The night of the Steinbrenner game, I kept seeing this guy in the dugout and being like, WHO THE HECK IS THAT? It took me till the 8th inning to realise it was Nick Johnson and he was on the team.

  2. Poopy Pants says:

    He’s like a really bad, never ending SNL skit. Then again, all SNL skits are bad and never ending.
    Michel Petrucciani would have been a more reliable DH than NJ. Christ.

  3. Ross in Jersey says:

    A salute, to our fallen comrade.

  4. Carlosologist says:

    (begins 21 gun salute)

    If Nick Johnson was healthy, he would have OBPs rivaled only by Pujols.

  5. Kit says:

    Poor NJ. I wish him luck and good health. Even if the latter of those seems extremely unlikely. /choke-sob

  6. Adam says:

    Makes me sad…Nick seems like a good guy, could have been a valuable piece to the lineup, and somehow people seem to hold his injuries against him. It’s not as if he does anything that makes him injury prone. Oh well, very sad for him.

  7. nsalem says:

    Since the end of 2006 Nick has appeared in 195 games out of a possible
    770 games or an average of 25.3 percent.

  8. Yank the Frank says:

    He has made more money this year alone, for not playing baseball then I will make in my life…meh.

  9. FIPster Doofus says:

    Well, at least he’ll get a ring out of it.

  10. See, kids? This is why you can’t jerk off so much in your teens. You’ll build up scar tissue and your wrist will never be the same.

    Everything in moderation, friends.

  11. Bryan W says:

    It really annoys me that the money the Yankees wasted on NJ, Randy Winn, and CHoP could have gone to Johnny Damon instead.

    • You mean like the contract they offered him and he turned down? There’s no guarantee Damon would’ve stayed healthy if he was with the Yankees. The move was correct at the time and I’m way okay with it.

    • Steve H says:

      Yeah, Damon’s really lighting it up.

      • Bryan W says:

        We all know that there’s difference in playing at Comerica and Yankee Stadium. He would be putting up similar numbers he did last year if he was still on the Yankees.
        2009 at YS he hit .279/.382/.533 with 17 HR and 42 RBI
        2010 at Comerica .278/.353./.430 with 6 HR and 27 RBI

        His home numbers this year are basically what he’s done on the road the last few years so it would have been beneficial for him and the Yankees if he had returned. As for him staying healthy, he would have the same role as he does in Detroit as mainly a DH/ 4th outfielder.

    • If we had spent money on Damon instead of NJ, Winn, and Chop, we wouldn’t have had the roster spaces or payroll flexibility to add Thames, Kearns, Berkman, or Wood.

      I like what we did much better than the alternative. The numerous players filling numerous holes with good production levels is better than Damon stuck in the DH hole all by himself with no money to fix the bullpen or have multiple bats off the bench.

      • Bryan W says:

        If the same amount of money that went to those 3 went to Damon instead, it wouldn’t have made a difference in payroll flexibility. Then the Yankees wouldn’t have needed Berkman if Damon stayed. I know Damon didn’t want to take a pay cut but if they hadn’t gone after NJ he probably would have stayed. Damon stated earlier this season he felt they moved on without him by going after NJ. They still might have gotten Kearns as another righty bat and Wood was needed to stabilize the pen.

        • Damon stated earlier this season he felt they moved on without him by going after NJ

          As they should’ve. Damon priced himself out of the Yankees’ “market” so the Yankees made a proactive decision. It was a solid move at the time.

        • Zack says:

          Damon also stated that Detriot was his first choice.
          Damon also stated that he’d never go to the Yankees.

          Point: Damon states a lot of things that are BS

          • Bryan W says:

            True. Damon does say alot of BS because he has a fragile psyche and doesn’t like his feelings hurt. He called Gardner’s slide on Guillen dirty only because he was lashing out at the Yankees for not bringing him back. Same reason he won’t return to the Red Sox for not treating him with the respect he felt he deserved before he left for the Yankees.

  12. Fun fact: Nick Johnson is still ninth in walks on the 2010 Yankees.

  13. Ross in NJs phone says:

    Per some guy on Twitter, the yankees paid NJ roughly $458,333 per hit.

    (i liked the signing, but eesh)

  14. Slugger27 says:

    whos this “nick johnson” everyone keeps talking about?

  15. SteveD says:

    I dont give a rats ass about NJ anymore. We are doing fine without his broken down ass.

  16. Ace says:

    This is why guaranteed contracts are a joke. The NFL does it right. Let these guys earn the money on their contract. Give them a certain amount of money guaranteed up front and then the rest is based on performance. NJ walks away with $5.5M for nothing. Ridiculous.

  17. bonestock94 says:

    No care.

  18. larryf says:

    We could still pinch hit NJ in Clutch Pitch Count Elevation-Situations. A new stat to keep.

    Nick Johnson has a high CPCES.

    He will never have to swing the bat again.

    Pay the man!

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