Indians make room for 1B Nick Johnson in minors
The Indians have released infielder Wes Hodges to make room at
Triple-A Columbus for former Yankees first baseman Nick
Johnson signed a minor league contract with the club in
February. He will play with the Clippers and also for Double-A
Akron, depending on the teams’ schedules.
Johnson had offseason surgery on his right wrist and the Indians
are eager to see if he can help them.
Johnson took batting practice and grounders at Progressive Field
on Monday. Manager Manny Acta said Johnson needs ”a lot of
at-bats” in the minors before the Indians will consider him.
Johnson, who is not on Cleveland’s 40-man roster, played for Acta
A .270 career hitter, Johnson played in just 24 games for New
York last season.