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Johnson's Surgery Successful
By mvyb, 27.10.2006, 14:22

But were you really worried about it?
This guy's selfishness helped kill our playoff dreams- instead of reporting his back injury as soon as it occurred, he continued to pitch ( seeking win number 300). As a result, his condition worsened and by the time October rolled around, he was about as worthless as Kevin Brown was in '04. 
I think Jeter needs to talk to the Unit about his "winning for the team" concept. Maybe he can get that mentality through Johnson's skull.
For those of you who do care, here's the story:

"The surgery went fine. The doctor said he was thrilled," said Johnson's agent, Barry Meister. "Randy will return home to Phoenix tomorrow."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had not spoken with team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon following the operation, spokesman Ben Tuliebitz said. Cashman has said he expects Johnson to be behind the other pitchers when spring training starts in mid-February.

Johnson should be nothing more then a #5 starter for the Yanks in 2007. He gives up way too many homers, earned runs, and screaming line drives to be anything else.
Some people have suggested sending the Big Unit to the bullpen. But while I wouldn't mind having Johnson taken out of the starting rotation, I can't see how he'd would help the bullpen. The Yanks will have Villone and Myers as lefty specialists, so there's no need for Johnson in that department. He could be used as a long man ( the most expensive in baseball), but again, he's aging fast and we don't know how many pitches he could throw. Plus, you want your long man able to keep the game close. Somehow, I can't see this as Johnson's role.
I don't think Johnson fits on this team at all... He doesn't have the right attitude( that guys like Jeter, Posada, Damon, and Abreu seem to have). He's been nothing but a disappointment since arriving in New York. If I was the Yankee front office, I'd be looking to dump him anywhere for anyone ( if possible, for someone 20 years younger).
What should the Yankees do with Johnson in 2007? Bullpen or back end of the rotation? Can you see a possible trade in which the Yankees can dump the Unit? Or am I just dreaming?

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petern, 28.10.2006, 12:13

I am logged in! Congrats to the Cards, and boo to the overwhelmed in every way Tigers. Mre like Winny the Pooh han any kind of Tiger....hey, I'm in.....take care...peter

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Peter N.(Guest), 28.10.2006, 12:05

Thank goodness the sugury went well. And this from me, a Sox fan...And he is a starter....and nothing else. Have a great weekend, and thank you for being a steady reader of my blog. I mean it!!!

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DP(Guest), 27.10.2006, 18:17

No way Johnson will end up in the pen. He's paid way too much, and there is really no one better to put in the rotation.

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