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.

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

in Washington.

A .270 career hitter, Johnson played in just 24 games for New

York last season.