Nick Johnson was scratched from the lineup yesterday because of stiffness in his lower back. This is the risk-reward nature of bringing Johnson back to New York. When he’s healthy, he gets on base as well as anyone in baseball, but his career has been marked by a series of trips to the disabled list.
Without Johnson, the Yankees faced the Phillies in a premier matchup between CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay. The notebook also has item on Joba Chamblerlain and Phil Hughes, Boone Logan, Kevin Russo and Royce Ring.