Via Wallace Matthews –
Yankees designated hitter Nick Johnson is unlikely to return to action before the first week of June and could be out until August.
Johnson’s sore right wrist may require surgery to remove inflamed tissue, GM Brian Cashman said. The surgery would keep him out four to six weeks on top of the month he already is expected to miss.
Cashman said Johnson got a cortisone shot in the wrist last weekend in Boston, but it will not be known for a couple of weeks if that treatment was effective.
If not, then Johnson is headed under the knife for at least the third time in his injury-plagued career.
“It’s my intention to learn if [the shot] worked as soon as possible,” Cashman said before Saturday’s win over the Twins. “If not, then we want to go right to the surgery. When healthy, we know what this guy can do, but he can’t do anything for us right now.”
The Yankees signed Johnson to a one-year, $5.5 million deal after failing to come to terms with Johnny Damon, whose No. 2 spot in the lineup Johnson was expected to fill.
$5.5 million for one year of Nick Johnson versus $8 million for one year of Johnny Damon. For a savings of $2.5 million, Cashman really made the wrong call on this one.