Nick Johnson exits game with sore wrist
In the 5th inning of today’s game, which is still underway, Marcus Thames pinch-hit for the Yankees’ designated hitter, Nick Johnson. In the 6th inning, we learned that Johnson had been pulled due to a “sore right wrist.” Now, this could be a big problem for the Yankees given that Johnson played in 38 games in 2008, only to miss the rest of the season after tearing a tendon in the same right wrist (I’ve written about it before). Johnson has also missed some time earlier in his career – 2003 and 2002 – with similar right wrist issues. I’ll have more info on this as it becomes available.
UPDATE – I should also note that Robinson Cano left the game after being hit in the knee with a Josh Beckett fastball. He was replaced by Ramiro Pena. I doubt Cano plays tomorrow given how bad the plunking looked.
BIG UPDATE - Via Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger (on Twitter), “Johnson been battling wrist thing for a few weeks. Seeing hand specialist. Doesn’t sound good.” Well, that explains his slump, and I expect Johnson to be on the DL by the end of the weekend. He’s getting an MRI right now. As reactionary as it might be, the Johnson signing is starting to look like a failure and a waist of nearly $6M dollars.