From the NYT:
Randy Johnson will start for the Yankees tomorrow, and he said yesterday that his health was perfect. But the Yankees were so worried about Johnson’s back before his start on Tuesday that they called up another pitcher from Class AAA in case Tanyon Sturtze had to make the start for him.
Three people with ties to the Yankees who were briefed about Johnson’s status confirmed that Johnson was experiencing discomfort in his back and was questionable for the start. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Johnson’s start, against Tampa Bay, was awful. He lasted three innings and allowed seven runs, although the Yankees rallied for a 20-11 victory. After the game, Johnson said he felt fine physically.
The pitcher who relieved Johnson on Tuesday, Scott Proctor, had been recalled from Columbus earlier in the day. To get the extra pitcher on the roster, the Yankees had to send down outfielder Bubba Crosby, even though they were already short an outfielder with Hideki Matsui limited to designated-hitter status.
Please, Randy, we’ve had some bad experiences recently with hurt pitchers trying to gut it out. If you’re hurt, say it, and go on the DL.