Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wrist surgery in Nick Johnson's future?

Yankees designated hitter Nick Johnson, who received a cortisone shot on May 7th, may need wrist surgery, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

Of course, it he needs surgery, Johnson's return from the disabled list will be further delayed.

"The best case scenario is he's back in four weeks (from the time of the shot), three weeks from now, he goes through rehab games and he's back," Cashman said, per Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. "The alternate is he needs surgery and he's sidelined for four to six weeks."

Although Cashman said Johnson would "be a $15 million a year player if he didn't have this history of injuries," he can never seem to stay healthy.

In 2002, Johnson played 129 games as a 23-year-old. Since then, he's played 100+ games in only three times in the past six seasons.

Jose Reyes to leadoff tonight vs Marlins

When the Mets face the Marlins in Miami tonight, shortstop Jose Reyes will return to a familiar spot. (And, no, I don't mean the disabled list.)

Reyes, who is hitting only .207 on the season since returning from the DL, will be the leadoff hitter in tonight's lineup, according to Brian Costa of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Meanwhile, Angel Pagan will bat third in the order in front of left fielder Jason Bay tonight.

Only six teams have a lower batting average than the Mets (.240).

Through 55 at bats so far in May, Reyes has only ten hits (.182 batting average), but he has stolen four bases.

In addition to struggling in May (even more so than in April), Reyes is struggling on the road (.136 average and .329 OPS). His home batting average is a solid .290 with an OPS of .763.

Reyes is hitless in his past three road games and has never faced Nate Robertson, who will start for the Marlins tonight.