• Nick Johnson: Bad Back & Bat

    Posted by on April 25th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    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?

    Comments on Nick Johnson: Bad Back & Bat

    1. butchie22
      April 25th, 2010 | 10:01 am

      SL, the problem with Nick the Basepath Clogger Johnson is that he might have an obscene OBP BUT if that is not accompanied with requisite speed and power that spot is arguably being wasted. I think that DL Johnson is a decent enough player and will be just OK on this team(yet not that brilliant) BUT he is far from producing the excellence(timely hitting,speed and power) that someone that Damonic provided. If Cahs Man were truly on the ball, he would have brought Damonic back instead of bringing in Mr OBP AKA Mr Powerless in to replace him.In the end, Cash Man broke what didn’t needed fixing.

    2. YankCrank
      April 25th, 2010 | 10:44 am

      I wouldn’t be opposed to Granderson being moved up to the 2 spot at all

    3. Corey Italiano
      April 25th, 2010 | 11:20 am

      If he stands by the reasoning of putting Johnson in the 2 hole, then Swisher would be the perfect replacement.

    4. Raf
      April 25th, 2010 | 11:20 am

      “Johnson batting just .135 (7-for-52)”

      Johnson’s still getting on base though, so I don’t see the point of mentioning his batting average.

    5. Jeteupthemiddle Allie
      April 25th, 2010 | 11:48 am

      At the moment, considering how he is currently hitting and getting on base, I wouldn’t be opposed to moving Gardner to the top of the lineup…perhaps to lead off and Jeter goes back to the number 2 hole.

    6. Corey Italiano
      April 25th, 2010 | 11:51 am

      @ Jeteupthemiddle Allie:
      I’d like to leave him at the top considering how well he’s doing. If it ain’t broke ya know?

    7. Evan3457
      April 25th, 2010 | 2:18 pm

      If Johnson hits back up to his career record when he returns, he’ll eventually return to the #2 role…

      …unless Brett Gardner is really a .340 hitter with a .430 OBA.

      Then, Gardner will bat leadoff and Jeter will move back to #2. In which case, the signing of Johnson STILL won’t be a mistake. It’ll just mean the Yankees unexpectedly found someone better to fill the role.

    8. Evan3457
      April 25th, 2010 | 2:18 pm

      Make that “very unexpectedly”.

    9. Jake1
      April 26th, 2010 | 9:56 am

      Johnson was a mistake. Damon would have been much better as the full time DH.

      Why move Gardner from where he has been successful? Plus he wouldnt be able to run as much in front of Tex.

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