The Yankees have announced that Nick Johnson will have surgery on his injured wrist. Even if successful, Johnson will not be able to pick up a bat for 4-6 weeks, which likely means he wont return until August, at the earliest. Considering Johnson’s injury history, however, it isn’t too far fetched to assume he might not return all season.
Brian Cashman has done a very good job as Yankees GM in his tenure, but the decision to replace Johnny Damon with Nick Johnson will go down as one of his worst. Relying on a injury prone player with a relatively older team was incredibly short sighted. Now, with a severely depleted lineup, the Yankees may be forced into a position wherein they will have to spend both money and prospects to bolster the lineup. Instead of biting the bullet on Damon’s salary demand, the Yankees were penny wise and pound foolish, and may now be forced to pay a much steeper price.