GLENDALE, ARIZ.: As expected, the Indians signed veteran first baseman Nick Johnson to a minor-league contract this afternoon, but the talented and oft-injured ex-Yankee won't be seeing the field for awhile.
Since last May, the 32-year-old has undergone three operations on his right wrist, the most recent in February at the Cleveland Clinic. He has a career .401 on-base percentage and .270 batting average with New York, Washington, and Florida. The wrist injury limited him to 24 games in 2010.
Johnson will report to big-league camp next week to continue his rehabilitation.