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
  • bexarama

    (pours one out)

  • CBean

    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.

  • Poopy Pants

    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.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Nick Johnson = Massive Head Wound Harry

  • Ross in Jersey

    A salute, to our fallen comrade.

  • Matt Imbrogno


  • Carlosologist

    (begins 21 gun salute)

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

    • nsalem

      If Grandma had balls she’d be Grandpa.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      Keeping his PA/G rate, he’d have 515 PA. Keeping his 24.5% BB rate, he’d have 127 walks right now.

      • bexarama

        Eh… I mean, he was hitting, what, like .180 when he went on the DL? I expect that would’ve gone way up and his BB% would’ve gone way down.

        He clearly still would’ve been productive. Oh well.

        • Matt Imbrogno

          Fun: you’re not having it.

          • bexarama

            Sorry. Haven’t seen the sun for like eight days because of the weather, and my dad is being my dad and almost broke my TV. I am a crankypants. :/

  • Kit

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

  • Adam

    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.

    • Poopy Pants

      That son of a bitch deliberately avoids calcium!

  • nsalem

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

    • Tom Zig

      That’s almost his walk rate.

  • Yank the Frank

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

  • FIPster Doofus

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

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.

    • Tom Zig

      You hear that, Pat?

      • pat

        I had a bionic Terminator-esque exoskeleton installed in my wrists years ago. I’m good to go.

        • Marcos

          Shit can you get one of those to NJ? No? How about a crapload of duct tape, it fixes everything right?

    • Adam

      Unless, of course, Kevin Long is teaching you the proper method.

    • Carlosologist

      I was waiting for the inevitable masturbation joke.

      • Poopy Pants


  • Bryan W

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

    • Matt Imbrogno

      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

      Yeah, Damon’s really lighting it up.

      • Bryan W

        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.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Damon on the road in ’09: .284/.349/.446
          Damon on the road in ’10: .266/.370/.383

          He’s still drawing walks, which is good, but the bat is slowing down noticeably.

        • Zack

          So how much would you have paid Damon? He turned down 1yr/8m, so would you given him 1yr/13m? 2yrs/20m?

          • Bryan W

            I never thought it would have been unreasonable for either side to agree on a 1/yr deal for 9 or 10m. They wasted $8.9m on 2 guys who got released and another hurt for the year. Also Thames was signed to a minor league deal so he was never guaranteed a roster spot either.

        • Matt Imbrogno

          And we thought keeping Nick Johnson as just the DH would keep him healthy. There are no guarantees. Granted, the chance of injury seems higher with Johnson. Still, I’d make the deal anyway.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      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

        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.

        • Matt Imbrogno

          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

          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

            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.

  • Matt Imbrogno

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

    • JGS

      he would be 5th on the Orioles

  • Ross in NJs phone

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

    (i liked the signing, but eesh)

    • bexarama

      How much did we pay per walk

  • Slugger27

    whos this “nick johnson” everyone keeps talking about?

  • SteveD

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

  • Ace

    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.

  • bonestock94

    No care.

  • larryf

    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!