Via Pete Caldera -
After taking extra batting practice Friday afternoon, designated hitter Nick Johnson emerged with a stiff lower back. Though Johnson played in that evening’s game and snapped an 0-for-21 streak with a fourth-inning single, manager Joe Girardi rested Johnson on Saturday and might not play him again until Tuesday. And when he returns, he might be dropped from the No. 2 spot.
“I think he didn’t tell us exactly how sore he was,” said Girardi, who is extra cautious considering Johnson’s extensive injury history. Still, Johnson doesn’t believe it’s a potential serious issue. “I felt a little something,” Johnson said. It’s in a lower spot than the location of the tightness he experienced early in spring training.
With Johnson batting just .135 (7-for-52), Girardi will consider sliding Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson or Nick Swisher behind leadoff man Derek Jeter.
Funny, I thought Cashman brought in Johnson because he was going to be the solution to losing Johnny Damon in the #2 slot in the line-up? So, if Nick’s not good enough to bat “two” as D.H., should he be in the line-up at all?