This tweet comes from Ken Rosenthal :

“Sources: Yankees’ Nick Johnson to undergo surgery on right wrist Tuesday. Likely out until July.”

Here’s a little more from Ben Shpigel :

“This is not a quick fix,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “This is going to be a while.”


Johnson said he would have the surgery “probably tomorrow.” He has been told that he will need four to six weeks of rest before he can swing a bat again. Johnson elected to have surgery after an injection of anti-inflammatory medication did not help, and after he reported no improvement from the exercises and treatment he was doing with the training staff.

“I’d rather not keep waiting and take care of it,” Johnson said.

“We’ve done all the treatments we can do,” said Johnson…

This is obviously bad news for the Yankees, who now are without a DH for the next 6-8 weeks. Juan Miranda is probably not the long-term answer, although I’m sure the Yankees will see what they can get from him over the next few weeks when they face right-handed pitching. Expect to see a lot of Marcus Thames against lefties, and Randy Winn will also get some more at-bats while Johnson is out.

Like I’ve said a few times over the last few days, I’d like to see the Yankees give Jorge Posada a few more games at DH while Johnson is out. Mainly because it will give Francisco Cervelli more playing time. So that’s another option.


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