Nick Johnson set for another wrist surgery

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No details yet, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Nick Johnson would require a second surgery on his right wrist, presumably ending his season.
The Yankees weren’t expecting the slow healing Johnson back in September anyway. Signed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract over the winter, Johnson lasted barely more than a month before landing on the DL with what was called an inflamed tendon. He was hitting .167/.388/.306 in 72 at-bats at the time.
Johnson’s contract includes a $5.5 million mutual option for 2011, but that won’t be exercised. He might have to accept a minor league contract in order to extend his career. Johnson has been limited to 195 games over the past four seasons by various injuries. It was also a right wrist problem that sidetracked him in 2008.

Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.

Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.

Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.