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Nick Johnson | Designated Hitter

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Nick Johnson has announced his retirement from baseball.
Johnson, 34, appeared in 38 games with the Orioles last season and was bothered by more wrist problems. The on-base machine will walk away from the game with a .268/.399/.441 batting line over 10 seasons in the majors. We're left to wonder what could have been if injuries didn't get in the way. Mon, Jan 28, 2013 05:44:00 PM

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Nick Johnson (wrist) is not expected to return this season.

Johnson had been rehabbing his right wrist at the Orioles' spring training complex in Florida, but he's been sent home after apparently having a setback. The wrist has plagued Johnson for years, and it's certainly conceivable that it could end the 33-year-old's career this time.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 08:48:00 AM

Orioles transferred DH Nick Johnson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Johnson has been idle for over two weeks due to lingering issues with his troublesome right wrist and doesn't seem to be making much progress. He's not eligible to return from the 60-day DL until late August.
Tue, Jul 17, 2012 06:00:00 PM

Nick Johnson has received a cortisone shot in his right wrist.

Johnson has been sidelined for two weeks with a sprained right wrist and evidently isn't progressing as hoped. There's no timetable for his return.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 04:35:00 PM

An MRI on Nick Johnson's right wrist didn't show any damage beyond old wear and tear.

Good news. Johnson will wear a brace for a week before being re-evaluated. He's not eligible to return until after the All-Star break and will likely need more than the minimum stay on the DL.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 11:10:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects Nick Johnson (wrist) to return from the disabled list when first eligible on the first day of the second half.

The O's won't know for sure until he has an MRI Friday, but they suspect he doesn't have any structural damage. Johnson could receive a cortisone shot or two to help dull the pain.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 09:05:00 AM

Orioles placed 1B Nick Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist.

Johnson has experienced problems with his right wrist for many years and could be out for an extended period of time. The 33-year-old was batting just .207/.324/.391.
Thu, Jun 28, 2012 03:17:00 PM

Nick Johnson (wrist) hopes to avoid the disabled list.

Johnson's right wrist has bothered him for a few days, and it was finally bad enough that he had to leave Wednesday's game. He has no swelling but will undergo an MRI Thursday just in case. His past problems with the wrist are obviously a concern.
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 10:20:00 PM

Nick Johnson left Wednesday's game with a right wrist injury.

It's a miracle that he's lasted this long without getting hurt. The bad news is that it's the same wrist Johnson has had multiple surgeries on, so there would seem to be a good chance that he'll require a disabled list stint.
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 08:37:00 PM

Nick Johnson delivered his first two-homer game in six years Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Johnson took Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller deep in the game. He also walked, of course. After going 0-for-26 in April, Johnson is 13-for-37 with four homers, four doubles and 10 RBI this month. The Orioles are going to have to find him a bit more playing time.
Wed, May 23, 2012 04:16:00 PM

Nick Johnson failed to get a hit in five tries in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

He finished 0-for-4 and also reached base after getting hit by a pitch. He has begun the season in an 0-for-26 swoon.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 06:31:00 AM

Nick Johnson went 0-for-4 against the White Sox on Thursday, as he continues to search for his first hit of the year.

He looked fine this spring, so the poor start is a little unexpected. The Orioles are hoping a healthy and efficient Johnson will bolster the middle of their batting order.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 05:30:00 AM

Orioles purchased the contract of DH/1B Nick Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk.

Johnson won a spot on the Orioles' bench by hitting .292 (14-for-48) with one home run, five doubles and a 10/8 K/BB ratio during Grapefruit League play. He's a poor bet to stay healthy, but could carve out some AL-only value with Chris Davis and Wilson Betemit looking vulnerable.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 08:51:00 PM

Nick Johnson went 2-for-3 with his first homer and a walk Sunday against the Rays.

Johnson is hitting .292 with five doubles and now the homer in his 48 at-bats. Neither Chris Davis nor Wilson Betemit has impressed this spring, so Johnson should be able to claim some starts against right-handers in the early going. His power has been sapped by wrist problems, but he can still get on base and maybe offer a little bit of value in AL-only leagues.
Sun, Apr 1, 2012 04:32:00 PM

Nick Johnson reached in three straight plate appearances Sunday, going 2-for-2 with a walk.

Johnson doesn't have a homer yet, but he does have three doubles to go along with his .348 average in 23 at-bats. That neither Wilson Betemit nor Chris Davis has been particularly impressive this spring should further Johnson's case for a bench spot.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 04:34:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Nick Hundley
3Steve Clevenger
4Matt Wieters
1B1Chris Davis
2Steve Pearce
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
3Jimmy Paredes
LF1David Lough
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Bud Norris
3Miguel Gonzalez
4Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
6T.J. McFarland
7Brad Brach
8Ubaldo Jimenez